Stream the 'Hamilton' cast recording right now
Hamilton, the excellent hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton’s life, has been the talk of Broadway since it opened last month. But now, history nerds, theater fans, and hip-hop heads alike who can’t make it to New York—or can’t afford to shell for tickets—can get a taste of the production that earned a standing ovation from President Obama.
A cast recording of Hamilton, written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, hits shelves Friday, but NPR is streaming the album in full—all 222 minutes of it—via First Listen. Check out the stream below.
Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of the Founding Father who served as America’s first Secretary of the Treasury. Miranda performed a rap as Hamilton at the 2009 White House Poetry Jam, which eventually became the foundation for the musical. After a brief stint off-Broadway in early 2015, the show made its debut at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Aug. 6.