How Hamilton (and Lin-Manuel Miranda) Made Broadway Cool Again

June 12, 2016 4:02 PM

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Let's play a little game. Think back through our cultural history and see if you can remember the last time that seeing a Broadway show was a badge of honor. When a Broadway soundtrack was made up of songs that people everywhere wanted to listen to. When a ticket for a play cost more than a ticket to the Super Bowl. When anyone besides Tony voters could even name the composer behind a musical.

Today marks the 70th Tony Awards, in which Lin-Manuel Miranda's record-breaking show is up for a, yes, record-breaking, 16 awards. In addition to Best Musical (duh), Hamilton is nominated for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and a whopping seven of its cast members are up for acting awar...

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