Not To Brag, But Lin-Manuel Miranda Was Only Practicing When He Rapped The First 16 Bars Of ‘Hamilton’ To The Obamas

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Credit: Late Night with Seth Meyers / Youtube

“I stumbled on the origin story of the United States… you know, the United States was bitten by a radioactive spider.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda sat with “Late Night” host Seth Meyers to discuss the epic journey that the Broadway smash hit ‘Hamilton’ has taken since it first debuted in 2015. Miranda said he’s gone from feeling like the show’s parent — taking care of it as his own little baby — to now being a grandparent. That means he’s “accepting and loving the show” wherever it goes and however it performs. Miranda also recounted the first couple of lines he wrote for the show when it was just an idea in his head. Calling it a “hot 16 bars,” his first performance of those few lines quickly went viral after he rapped them at President Obama’s request. This was, of course, all before he knew they’d turn into the show that is still sold out to this very day. Meyers joked at how wild of an idea it is that at the time Miranda was just “workshopping” at the White House. Some practice session, huh?

Miranda and Meyers also discussed his #Ham4All campaign.

Credit: Late Night with Seth Meyers / Youtube

He launched the campaign to raise money for the “Immigrants: We Get The Job Done” coalition. In this clip, he also discusses what it was like to find out he was getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame while hanging out with his buddy “Weird Al” Yankovic, check it out.


READ: 5 Latino Figures We Wish “Hamilton” Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Would Write Musicals For


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