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Lin-Manuel Miranda burns John Bolton for that ‘Hamilton’-inspired book title in freestyle rap

Lin-Manuel Miranda burns John Bolton for that 'Hamilton'-inspired book title in freestyle rap

With the filmed original cast performance of Hamilton hitting Disney+ next week, creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda returned to the Tonight Show for the first time since Jimmy Fallon’s first at-home show in March. Miranda, who also happens to have a documentary about his improv show Freestyle Love Supreme coming out next month, was game for a game called Random Object Freestyle.

Fallon held up a number of not especially random, suspiciously topical objects — including a Hamilton poster, a Broadway street sign, a box of popcorn, and a face mask — for Miranda to riff on lyrically. He didn’t bat an eye until Fallon revealed a copy of former national security advisor John Bolton’s tell-all Trump White House memoir, whose title happens to be a Hamilton reference.  Read more…

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Imagine the hits from ‘Hamilton’ given the ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic treatment

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Fans of Hamilton need to hit play on ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s bonkers new medley.

Dubbed “The Hamilton Polka,” Yankovic’s new release is a crazy mashup of hits from the Broadway musical, with takes on “My Shot,” “Wait For It,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” and more.

It’s the next chapter in Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s year-long #Hamildrops project, which sees new Hamilton content dropping every month.

The first taste came in December, with a recording of “Ben Franklin’s Song,” by The Decemberists, and was followed by Nas’ “Wrote My Way Out” featuring Aloe Blacc, Dave East and Miranda himself. Read more…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda drops pitch-perfect 'West Wing' tribute rap

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Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda and Aaron Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing, have a lot in common.

They’re both fiery wordsmiths, well-known for their ability to write spellbinding swathes of dialogue, not to mention their shared fascination with American politics.

Given those similarities, it seemed inevitable that their minds would meet. And now they have (sort of) in the form of a truly impressive West Wing rap produced by the West Wing Weekly podcast and featuring Miranda on the mic.

Borrowing fictional President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet’s “What’s next?” catchphrase for its title and basic structure, the song lays the in-jokes and character call-outs on thick.  Read more…

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