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Hamilton is still streaming on Disney Plus, but there is no free trial. How to watch

Everything you need to know about watching the Broadway movie musical online from your TV, phone or desktop.

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Hamilton is available now on Disney Plus.

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If you never caught a theater performance of the Tony Award-winning hip-hop musical Hamilton, you can finally get great seats by streaming a filmed 2016 performance of the original cast on Disney Plus at home. Originally intended for theatrical release, the film ended up on Disney Plus after cinemas around the world closed due to the pandemic.

Watching it on Disney Plus costs a fraction of a theater ticket, but it isn't free -- the streaming service stopped offering free trials before premiering Hamilton in July, so you must sign up for a paid subscriber account in order to see it (read on for more details). This story is updated periodically.

If you're still on the fence about whether you want to subscribe to Disney Plus for Hamilton alone, you can read CNET's spoiler-free Hamilton review or watch the trailer of the film below to help make up your mind. Here's our pro tip for catching every word of Hamilton and here's why a filmed version of Hamilton is so significant.

The musical is hailed as a powerfully creative way to present a modern retelling of founding father Alexander Hamilton's journey. Created by composer, playwright, performer and producer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

This performance of Hamilton with the original Broadway cast was filmed in 2016. That original cast consists mostly of Black, Latino and Asian American performers, including Miranda himself in the title role. 

Aaron Burr and George Washington are among the characters on stage alongside the titular founding father. The show includes popular songs such as My Shot, Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) and Wait for It. You can stream the soundtrack free on Spotify and you should definitely listen to it before you watch Hamilton. Here's how you can watch the Hamilton film now that it's available on Disney Plus

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Can I watch Hamilton online for free?

To watch Hamilton, you'll need to have one of the Disney Plus streaming service subscriptions below. Note that you can cancel anytime.

There are three basic ways to subscribe:

If you don't see Hamilton highlighted at the top of Disney Plus, you can search by selecting the magnifying glass icon and typing the movie's name.

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Watch Hamilton from your TV or phone.

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Can I download Hamilton to watch offline?

Disney Plus lets you download all of its shows and movies to watch offline.

What's the big deal?

The Hamilton movie version was originally scheduled to hit theaters in October 2021, but was moved to an online showing on Disney Plus as a result of theater closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since Broadway performances of the show are suspended until further notice due to COVID-19, the only way fans will be able to watch the award-winning musical is on Disney Plus. Tickets to see a live performance of Hamilton, which has often sold out in playhouses across the country, have ranged from $149 and up. A Disney streaming service subscription is definitely cheaper.

Is Hamilton's explicit language censored?

Before streaming on Disney Plus became available, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, officially confirmed the movie will censor two uses of the f-word, while one use is still in the show. There are several instances of the s-word and some sexual situations in the Disney airing of the film. The Hamilton movie is rated PG-13.

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