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The stories told through theatre have always been a reflection of our reality. Whether a story is inspired by historic events or characters mirroring a relative, theatre invites viewers into another dimension that almost feels common. Notable Broadway hits have lasted decades due to the creativity and relationship they build with the audience. Since the beginning of 2015, Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda has had sold-out shows with people dying to get their hands on a pair of tickets. Due to the current state of the world, fans will have another opportunity to watch the award-winning show. On July 3rd, viewers will be able to access the full show on Disney Plus. While this is a huge step for Disney, the digital release is bigger than just entertainment.
Preparing to go to the theatre is a long, yet beautiful process. You spend time picking out the perfect seats beforehand while your outfit is perfectly pressed and coordinated. Once you arrive, the concession stands are organized with your favorite snacks and the playbill has a beautiful cover glossy finish. Intermission is spent finding the bathroom or discussing the first half with the person sitting next to you and when the night is over, your spirit feels full. Now, let’s take a moment to understand the privilege in this experience.
Unfortunately, theatre and art aren’t accessible to a large group of people. With high ticket prices, transportation fees, and often strict dress code, most people aren’t able to experience a whimsical night at the Kennedy Center, Gershwin, or Fox Theatre. While missing plays and performances might seem like a personal choice, lack of resources rules out the opportunity. This ultimately puts individuals at a disadvantage.
According to Orlandorep.com, “studies by neuroscientists have shown that both the left and right hemispheres of the brain need to be fully stimulated in order for the brain to utilize its true potential.” By watching emotions, conflict, and forms of humanity performed on a stage, our brains are challenged to explore a way of thinking that can’t be produced by the right side. Without both sides working together, a person is subject to closed minded thinking and a pause in their development.
NBC’s live-action performances, free plays in the park, and Hamilton streaming on Disney Plus are necessary steps toward removing the privilege attached to art. Artistry has been around since the beginning of time to entertain, communicate, and bond us together. Without everyone having the ability to participate, we remove our ability to understand one another. We can continue the work by getting more Black boys involved in ballet, or increasing public school funding so an Asian girl can play an instrument, or offer pottery classes in a predominately Latinx community.
The Broadway musical Hamilton has inspired millions as the talented actors grace the stage with singing, dancing, and acting. With its digital debut approaching, the artwork can motivate us to create a nation where art is more than a glamorous night out.
If you look forward to watching Hamilton or love theatre, share this article with a friend. Be sure to join the watch party on July 3rd by using the hashtag #hamilfilm. Tune in daily to AfterBuzz TV for articles, aftershows, and all the latest news on the world of entertainment.
Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.
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