Lin-Manuel Miranda creates an ambitious musical portrait with ‘Hamilton’

February 18, 2015 6:49 AM

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For months now, a deafening buzz has surrounded “Hamilton.” Rumor had it that creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda — a Tony winner for “In the Heights” — would apply his magic hip-hop touch to first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and the American Revolution, and make them cool.

At its best, “Hamilton” — of which The Post, the paper our hero founded, is a media sponsor — is giddily exciting. Miranda’s lyrics burst with smart internal rhymes and wordplay: “I’m a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal,” his Hamilton reflects. “Tryin’ to reach my goal, my power of speech ...

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