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No One Is Happier About Hamilton’s Company on the $10 Than the Guy Who Plays Him on Broadway

A close-up of the front of the US 10-dollar bill bearing the portrait of Alexander Hamilton.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is, let’s just say, steeped in all things Alexander Hamilton. While your memory of the Founding Fathers may not quite be what it used to be, Miranda lives and breathes the man synonymous with the $10 bill every night. Miranda stars in a new Broadway musical Hamilton that, after a wildly successful off-Broadway run, opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in July.

Miranda not only plays Hamilton, he wrote and composed the hip-hop influenced musical based on Ron Chernow’s biography of the often overlooked Founding Father who is as well known for how he died—shot in a duel by then Vice President Aaron Burr—as how he lived. While it’s impossible to say exactly how the actual Alexander Hamilton would have reacted to getting company on the $10 bill—the stage Alexander Hamilton seems like a good stand-in.