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The Fresh Prince of Broadway: Lin-Manuel Miranda

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More than 10 years ago, a Jewish guy named Chernow wrote a book about "first banker" Alexander Hamilton. A talented Nuyorican kid named Miranda reads the book and identifies strongly with the white-wigged super-smart self-starter from the Caribbean. He can't help himself from imagining the Founding Fathers spitting rhymes (“To put it mildly, that’s not a typical reaction to one of my books,” Chernow said). A few years later, a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton, with many of the Founding Fathers played by Black and Latino actors, opened on Broadway. This is everything great about America!!

Great summary, HB. I like this:

“America was always an experiment, and they were making it up as they went along,” says Miranda. “And we’re still doing that!” Asked to pinpoint the show’s political takeaway, he says, “Everyone take a fucking breath. Because the fight we’re having is old. It’s not new. ’Twas ever thus.” In one of the last moments of the show, Hamilton declares, “America, you great unfinished symphony / You sent for me.” Put that on a campaign button—talk about hope and change.

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