The Broadway cast of Hamilton (Joan Marcus, courtesy Sam Rudy PR)

Here's Everything We Know About the "Hamilton" Movie

Hamilfans, don't throw away your shot: You, too, can be in the room where it happens—namely, your local movie theater—come October 15, 2021.

A little more than six years after Hamilton opened on Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda's trailblazing musical will make its way to cinemas, as announced yesterday. #Hamilfilm isn't a Hollywood adaptation of the show, a là In the Heights, which will salsa onto the big screen in June. Instead, it's a recording of the Broadway stage production with its original cast, filmed in June 2016. (Actually, the finished product is a composite of two performances—a Sunday mat and a Tuesday evening—intercut with close-ups shot between those shows.)


Why have the show's producers been sitting on that footage for nearly five years, you might ask? Primarily, according to the New York Times, to avoid doing damage to the multiple stage productions of Hamilton that are very much ongoing.

The news is especially welcome because pretty much the only negative thing about this phenomenal show is its extremely limited ticket availability—and the high prices of the tickets that are available. #Hamilfilm means that fans who've so far been locked out can now experience the show for the less than the cost of a dance class.

By the way, this blessed event doesn't preclude the possibility of a Hamilton feature film. Fingers, toes, and corset laces crossed…

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Enter the World of the Knicks City Dancers with 2 of Their Newest Rookies

Auditions rarely fail to deliver on suspense. But this? This was the nail-biter to end all nail-biters. Hayoung Roh and Chelsea McCloskey, both professional dancers based in NYC, had made it through what felt like endless rounds of cuts, both on Zoom and in person. Out of the nearly 500 dancers (from 30 states and nine countries) who'd answered the Knicks City Dancers' open call for video submissions, just 20 remained—McCloskey and Roh among them. "We were separated into six holding rooms, where we kept trying to figure out the math," Roh recalls. "How many girls are there in total? Who was called back?"

Finally, the women returned to the audition room to dance one last time—or so they were told. Instead, KCD head coach Alyssa Quezada dropped her bombshell: All 20 women had made the final cut. They would be 2021–22 Knicks City Dancers: the latest and greatest edition of one of the most prestigious NBA dance teams. "It was the biggest celebration and the coolest moment of my dance career so far," says McCloskey now. And that was just the oh-so-perfectly-dramatic beginning.

Chelsea McCloskey stands on her left leg while kicking her right leg up with her arms crossed, a smile on her face. She is auditioning for KCD. Chelsea McCloskey Photo by Tess Mayer


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