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'Hamilton' offers American history with a hip-hop beat

'Hamilton' offers American history with a hip-hop beat

More than a few students over the years have wished they were listening to hip-hop instead of learning about American history. Merging rap and the nation's origins, then, might seem as improbable as the image of Biggie on the $100 bill. Yet Tony award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has been scoffing at the probable for most of his young career. With his new musical, "Hamilton," the writer-actor gives it the full-on cold shoulder, setting a tale of Alexander Hamilton and Revolutionary War-era America against beats and rhymes. "When I first heard the story of Hamilton's life, I thought, 'A lot of this out-Dickens Dickens,'" said Miranda, 35, who wrote...

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