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He's your Aaron Burr, sir: 'Hamilton' star Joshua Henry on why kids in the audience bring him to tears

He's your Aaron Burr, sir: 'Hamilton' star Joshua Henry on why kids in the audience bring him to tears

Joshua Henry is at a loss for words. It doesn’t happen often. The gregarious, golden-voiced actor who stars as Aaron Burr in the national tour of “Hamilton” opening Aug. 16 at the Hollywood Pantages is as hyper-articulate as he is humble. But the thought of “Hamilton” as a cultural force unlike anything before it — one that has the power to change the way children of color see themselves — has him all choked up.

Sitting in a booth at Sams American Eatery, down the street from the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, where for the last six months he has appeared onstage in one sold-out show after another, Henry takes a deep breath and shifts his gaze momentarily skyward to gather his...

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