Hamilton

Musical

Writers: Lin-Manuel Miranda Alex Timbers

Context

Hamilton began in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mind as a concept album. One May evening in 2009, Miranda was supposed to perform a piece from his current Broadway hit, In the Heights, for “An Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word” at the White House. It was early in President Barack Obama’s administration, and Miranda decided that this was the right night, and the right crowd, to try out to a new project. Supported by Alex Lacamoire on piano, Miranda introduced the White House and the world to his newest project, The Hamilton Mixtape, a hip-hop piece “about the life of someone who embodied

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