PBS is airing “Hamilton’s America” on Friday night. The documentary showcases Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton.” If you have cut the cord or don’t have access to PBS, there are other ways you can still watch this episode of “Great Performances” that debuts at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21.
This 90-minute documentary, that includes clips of the Tony-winning musical, will be streamed via Facebook Live on the Great Performances Facebook page. And if you miss that, don’t despair. The public broadcaster will upload “Hamilton’s America” to its website as well as the PBS Anywhere app. But be warned: due to rights issues, PBS is only allowed to make it available for four weeks from Friday (i.e, until Nov. 18, 2016).
This marks the first time in the 41-year history of “Great Performances” that it is using Facebook Live to make a program more widely available. Directed by Alex Horwitz, “Hamilton’s America” chronicles the making of “Hamilton,” the musical that swept this year’s Tony Awards, winning 11 trophies. And it was only the ninth tuner to take home the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Among those must-see moments is the performance by Miranda at the White House in 2009 that sparked his idea for the musical. President Barack Obama is interviewed as is former president George W. Bush. Other politicians weighing in include Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, one-time Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson and Timothy Geithner and Senator Elizabeth Warren.