PBS to air behind-the-scenes look at Broadway hit 'Hamilton'

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- A roundup of news Monday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.

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PBS is getting a behind-the-scenes look at the hottest ticket on Broadway, "Hamilton."

"Hamilton's America," a documentary about the musical's creation, will air this fall on the "Great Performances" showcase, Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, said Monday.

The inventive, biographical hip-hop show about the life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton is the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who stars as the founding father.

The documentary is expected to include the musical's creative origins, some footage of the musical and interviews with Miranda and others, PBS said.

PBS has a track record with Miranda: In 2009, it aired a documentary about him and other cast members of his Tony Award-winning musical, "In the Heights."

Public television's commitment to the arts makes it the logical home for "Hamilton's America," Kerger said. "Who else is going to do this?"

Kerger added that other outlets wanted to get in business with Miranda and "we're grateful and proud" to be his partner.

"Hamilton's America" is produced by RadicalMedia ("What Happened, Miss Simone?") and Thirteen Productions LLC for station WNET and PBS.

 

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