60 Minutes profiles the writer who gave us the play, Hamilton

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Imagine the pitch: a Broadway musical about the life and times of founding father Alexander Hamilton and his contemporaries. They are played by a young, multiracial cast; dancing, singing and rapping to hip hop and popular music. This unlikely combination is called "Hamilton" and it is being hailed as a theatrical "game-changer."

"Hamilton" is the brainchild of a 35-year-old playwright named Lin-Manuel Miranda. He also composed the music, and plays the title character. Miranda worked six years on the project. His biggest challenge was fitting the immense story of one of the most brilliant and misunderstood men in American history into a single evening of musical theater.



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