Poetry of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Alexander Hamilton

An off-Broadway musical is moving ON Broadway later this year — fitting, in a way, for the story of an American who was all about moving onward and upward. Mo Rocca has saved us a front-row seat for the new show, “Hamilton”:

“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore And a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot In the Caribbean, by Providence impoverished, to squalor Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”

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When Lin-Manuel Miranda sings about the drive of the “young, scrappy and hungry” immigrant, he’s not singing about just any immigrant. He’s singing about the man on the 10-dollar bill — Alexander Hamilton, the revolutionary, visionary, and youngest of the founding fathers.

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“This is a guy who, on the strength of his writing, pulled himself from poverty into the revolution that helped create our nation, and caught beef with every other founding father,” said Miranda. “I mean, there’s great drama; there’s a great love story; there is incredible political intrigue.”

In other words, a life made for the stage.

“Hamilton,” written by and starring Miranda, is a smash off-Broadway at New York’s Public Theater, and is heading to Broadway this summer. It’s Hamilton’s life and death at the hand of Vice President Aaron Burr put to music that’s as energetic as the man and the times he lived through.

“We take it as a given that hip hop music is the music of the revolution,” said Miranda.

“Hey, yo, I’m just like my country I’m young, scrappy and hungry And I’m not throwing away my shot.”

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE VISIT: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/alexander-hamilton-a-life-made-for-the-stage/

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