The musical is based on the Rosa Guy novel, My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl

By Nicholas Rice
July 31, 2020 01:50 PM
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Another hit Broadway musical may soon be coming to Disney+!

Following the recent success of the Hamilton film with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the original Broadway cast, Disney+ is looking to bring the musical Once on This Island to the streaming platform as well, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

Per the publication, playwright Jocelyn Bioh and director Wanuri Kahiu are developing a feature adaptation of the 1990 Broadway musical with Marc Platt set to produce.

The musical is based on the Rosa Guy novel — My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girland follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a boy from a wealthy family on the other side of their island.

The production will be different from Hamilton, however, which was a recording of a stage performance. Island will be a more traditional adaptation and Disney’s live-action division is handling the project, the outlet reports.

Once on This Island
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According to Playbill, the musical originally premiered Off-Broadway before it headed to Broadway in 1990, where it ran for a year before taking a bow in 1991. Then in Dec. 2017, a revival of the show premiered before it closed later in Jan. 2019.

In 2018, the Broadway revival received multiple Tony Award nominations and a best musical revival award.

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The original revival cast included Merle Dandridge, Quentin Earl Darrington, Alex Newell, Lea Salonga, Isaac Cole Powell and Hailey Kilgore — who earned a Tony nomination for her work as Ti Moune.

Bioh, the film’s writer, has written for shows like Netflix's Russian Doll and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It while director Kahiu made history in 2018 for her film Rafiki, which was banned in her home country of Kenya for its LGBTQ themes, according to THR.

Lin Manuel Miranda in Hamilton
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The news comes about following the massive success achieved by Hamilton after it appeared on the Disney streaming service earlier this month.

According to Variety, the streaming app was downloaded 752,451 times globally, including 458,796 times in the U.S., from Friday to Sunday during the weekend the film first premiered. That's 74% more downloads than the four previous weekends in June.

The movie was a smash hit and dominated the conversation over a difficult Independence Day weekend as Americans reckoned with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the heightened conversations about racial justice and police brutality.

The filmed movie version of the musical was originally set to hit theaters in October 2021, but creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney surprised fans by making it available during the 4th of July weekend.