Hamilton in the House | Manhattan Times

Story by Erik Cuello

Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals)

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It was full circle for the First Lady.

First Lady Michelle Obama exulted the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton at a special event in Washington, D.C. this past Mon., Mar. 14th.

Her remarks were part of a celebration of the groundbreaking production held at the White House, where composer and creator Miranda had debuted a piece he titled “The Hamilton Mixtape” seven years earlier. The spoken word piece performed then for the First Lady and the President would become “Alexander Hamilton,” the musical’s opening number.

Mrs. Obama addressed a group of performing arts students from local high schools in the North Palm Room and recalled the moment.

“Seven years ago, we wanted to highlight different kinds of American art forms,” she explained. “Music, culture, and most importantly, spoken word, and we found this young man named Lin-Manuel Miranda.”

When the uptown native announced that his performance would be based on the founding father, the two were disbelieving, though amused.

“Barack and I consider ourselves open-minded,” laughed the First Lady. “But we thought ‘Okay, well, this should certainly be interesting.’”

It was certainly that.

The First Family has seen the production numerous times since – including off and on Broadway.

Hamilton, now performed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, has broken advance sales upwards of over $57 million dollars with sold-out shows through the end of 2016.

The First Lady noted that the cast album was the highest selling ensemble album in over half a century and had recently scored a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

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