Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ will premiere on Disney+ in July, instead of going to theaters first in 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical is coming to the streaming service.

Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ will premiere on Disney+ in July, instead of going to theaters first in 2021

If you haven’t seen the original Broadway cast perform Hamilton, here’s your best chance to be in the room where it happens.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical about the founding father is hitting Disney+ July 3, which means Disney is streaming it well before its original plans for an Oct. 15, 2021 theatrical release date.

The “live capture” Disney+ version was recorded in June 2016 at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, featuring original members of the cast, including Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, and Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr.

Disney reportedly paid $75 million for the worldwide rights to the Tony Award-winning stage show, possibly making it the largest film acquisition deal. The financial implications of switching to streaming have yet to be seen.

This isn’t Disney’s first time adjusting plans for its streaming service, especially as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt work on film and TV production. Artemis Fowl, originally planned for a May 29 theatrical release, is supposed to debut on the streamer June 12. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker made its streaming debut a couple of months early as well, arriving on Disney+ last week for Star Wars Day. While hit series The Mandalorian‘s second season shouldn’t be delayed, other Disney+ series have hit production problems amid the pandemic.

Meanwhile, another of Miranda’s projects—the film adaptation of musical In the Heights—has seen its theatrical release pushed a whole year to summer 2021.

Hamilton, which melds musical genres from hip-hop to contemporary pop and traditional showtunes, remained a hot ticket on Broadway years after its debut, having grossed nearly $650 million since its 2015 opening prior to the pandemic-induced shutdown of theaters. The show has also been performed in other U.S. cities including Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco, while also making its way to London’s West End. But tickets can be notoriously difficult to get, which means the Disney+ debut could be the first time many get to watch the show.

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Uber bids for Grubhub to create a food-delivery giant

The companies are in talks about a deal and could reach an agreement as soon as this month.

Uber bids for Grubhub to create a food-delivery giant

Uber has made an offer to acquire Grubhub, in a move that would build out its food-delivery platform even as it shutters parts of its own service abroad, according to people familiar with the matter.

The companies are in talks about a deal and could reach an agreement as soon as this month, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter isn’t public.

Deliberations are ongoing and talks could still fall through, the people said. A spokesman for Uber declined to comment, while a representative for Grubhub couldn’t immediately comment.

Grubhub shares climbed as much as 37% in New York trading after being temporarily halted. They were up 33% at 12:14 p.m., valuing the company at $5.7 billion. Uber, with a market value of about $59 billion, rose as much as 8.2%.

Uber is shuttering its own food-delivery unit, Uber Eats, in seven countries where the service has proven unpopular, it said last week. Those markets represented 1% of Uber Eats gross bookings and 4% of the business’s adjusted losses before interest, taxes and depreciation for the first quarter of 2020, the company said.

Uber’s ride-hailing business has been hammered by the global pandemic, but delivering meals has helped the San Francisco-based company drive sales as people shelter in place. Still, the food delivery industry remains widely unprofitable, even as people rely on delivery to stay in their homes.

Though the losses have led to much speculation on potential consolidation in the industry, lofty private valuations and antitrust concerns have made some food-delivery players resistant to striking a deal. Those issues may be easier to iron out for Grubhub and Uber, which both have publicly traded stocks. A year after Uber’s public offering, the company still trades below its peak valuation as a private company.

A deal “would help consolidate the U.S. online food delivery market and reduce cash burn,” Bloomberg Intelligence senior industry analyst Mandeep Singh wrote in a note Tuesday.

Meanwhile, startups DoorDash Inc. and Postmates Inc. have increased the competitive pressure on incumbent Grubhub, which was founded in 2004. Grubhub has expanded into doing delivery itself after years of serving as a marketing platform for restaurants to organize their own deliveries. The rivalries have squeezed Grubhub’s margins, with the coronavirus adding further pressure that forced the company to push off profit targets. Uber, similarly, delayed its target to reach adjusted profitability until sometime in 2021.

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