“Hamilton” is so incredibly dense with words that there’s no prayer of catching all of them. Fortunately, because Disney+ is offering the screen capture of the musical for an indefinite period, watchers have time to view it multiples times to get the full impact and all of the language and rhythms. It’s easier, however, to do that following these simple instructions first published on July 7th.
Watching Hamilton today? Try using this simple Disney Plus setting
If you didn’t hear every word in the Hamilton musical, a simple tool baked into Disney Plus for your TV, web and phone will do the trick.
Katie Conner July 11, 2020 3:15 p.m. PT
Whether you’re watching it for the first time or the 10th, if you’re planning to stream Hamilton on Disney Plus this weekend, you probably already know that the award-winning lyrics fly fast and furious. They’re crammed with references to historical moments and musical theater, packed tight with zingers and digs, and the only way to get the most out of the cultural phenomenon that is Hamilton is to capture every lyric.
If your ears are like a sieve, good luck catching all of Lafayette’s 32 words rapped in 6 seconds during the Revolutionary battle. Even after listening to the original Broadway cast recording on Spotify multiple times (and the Hamilton Mix Tape of celebrity covers) and watching the movie musical twice, it can still be tricky to parse every word of every rap battle. Subscribe to Disney Plus [$6.99 a month by itself, $12.99 a month with Hulu and ESPN]
Fortunately, there’s a simple tool within Disney Plus that’ll help you keep up with the lyrics so you don’t miss a beat: the Subtitles tool. Don’t be afraid that using it will take away from the experience. Hamilton stage productions often include supratitles for the very purpose of helping you follow along.
Here’s how to turn on closed captioning on Disney Plus.
1. Open the Disney Plus app on your phone, smart TV or desktop.
2. Find the Hamilton movie (it’s still on the first page, or you can search by title) and click it.
3. Next, tap Play.
4. In the upper right corner of the movie screen, you’ll see an icon shaped like a square with dots on it (it looks like a keyboard). Tap or click it.
5. A screen will open with an option to turn on the subtitles. Tap English [CC]. Right now, English is the only closed captioning language available for Hamilton.
6. If watching on your desktop, you can customize the way the subtitles display on your screen. To do so, select the Gear icon located on the right of the subtitles screen.
7. From here, you can change the font, font color, size and edge. You can also change the background and window color. To go back to the original closed captioning settings, tap Reset to Default.
8. Note that when you turn on the subtitles, they will only display on the Hamilton movie. You’ll have to turn them on for each individual Disney Plus show and movie.
That’s it! Now you can sing along to the Hamilton musical like a pro.
First published on July 7, 2020 at 10:31 a.m. PT.