High School Students Put on Their Own Show at Broadway's 'Hamilton'

Lin-Manuel Miranda talks to Lara Spencer about the hit show's success and the show's enrichment project with students from New York City's public schools.
4:36 | 05/12/16

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So how good is the Broadway musical "Hamilton," robin? Very good. So good that the first lady Michelle Obama declared it as the best piece of art of any kind that she has ever seen and I dare say she's seen a lot of art. And while it is not easy to get tickets we know the show's creator lin-manuel Miranda is ensuring 20,000 high school students get the chance of a lifetime. ♪ Patiently waiting every expectation ♪ It is the hardest theater ticket in America to get. Unless you're these kids. I'm Alexander Hamilton, the $10 man. I won't say we won the freaking war because of me. High school singers rapping, performing about of all things American history. ♪ Watch out you're about to get shot ♪ And their biggest fan happens E the hottest star on Broadway. I'm having a feeling situation in my heart. As you're sitting there watching it, are you being inspired as a -- Oh, my god. As a composer, writer, as a thespian. You know, this particular crop and in particular that we saw today I wanted to buy half of those singles. These kids are here as part of the "Hamilton" education program. "Hamilton" is the jumping off point for them to engage with history on a deeper level. Reporter: Students like these from New York's park east high school get to see the show after studying "Hamilton" thanks to the learning institute and Rockefeller institute. Figured out the world. He noticed what he wanted to do. He wanted -- that's what he did. The same thing I am doing. I connected with his ambition. He knew what he was going to do and he followed through with it. They're the best audiences we get. Reporter: The feeling is mutual from audiences and critics alike. Miranda named one of "Time" magazine's most influential and won him a pulitzer prize. What's it like to be on that stage and see faces like the president of the United States? It's thrilling and sometimes you look out and, hey, Steven Spielberg, I see you on the aisle. All I wanted to do was be Steven Spielberg when I was a kid. I thought, okay, Steven Spielberg is watching me. I guess I'm in a Steven Spielberg in my own mind for the next two hours. One of the best shows I ever did. Trying to be worthy of the audience I had and feel that way every night. Reporter: He is on an epic run making musical theater and American history not just cool but red hot. So 16 Tony nominations. Yeah. I didn't know that was a thing that was possible. It's been really overwhelming. It takes a lot of people to put on a show. For every one of the departments to be recognized is a validation of our work. Reporter: And it all started when Miranda famously read Ron Chernow's autobiography and seems hip-hop was obvious. I thought someone's had to have done this. Must have been done. It's a hip-hop story. It's someone who writes about their struggle and thus transcends it and that's what all my favorite hip-hop artists have done. Meets Washington who is certainly the Dr. Dre to his eminem and signs hip and gives him a life in this world. Who is Jefferson in the hip-hop world? I don't know who Jefferson -- Jefferson and him are probably biggie and tupac. Fundamentally different styles. You mentioned that you made movies as a kid. There are those who make the logical jump that this must be on the big screen. Do you see that? Yeah. Later. How much later? I don't know how much later but you know I worked seven years to make this thing a piece of theater. So I would obviously -- I would love for as many people as possible to experience it as a piece of theater first and I'm in no rush. Reporter: For now Miranda is loving every minute living his dream and changing lives along the way. All: Hi love "Hamilton." So many reached out. The show is opening in los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. Next year and that daily lottery that you may have heard of will continue where 21 people win $10 tickets every single day and they go out and they rap because if you're not one of those 21 they don't want you to leave empty handed. What a show. Thank you, Lin, thank you,

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