To the delight of obsessives everywhere, the movie of the musical Hamilton has finally hit Disney+. If you listen carefully, you can probably hear the sound of thousands of fresh Hamilfans being minted every day.
To such newbies, those of us who’ve been listening to the soundtrack on heavy rotation since it was released in 2015 — one presidential administration and a lifetime ago — offer a very sincere and hearty welcome. If our experience is any guide, you’re in for years of pleasant re-watching and re-listening. Perhaps you too will dive into the Hamiltome, the book of the show, or the Ron Chernow biography that inspired it. Perhaps you too will love its twisty wordplay so much you’ll follow all the online breadcrumbs Lin-Manuel Miranda has left anyone looking for meanings and easter eggs.