CBS New York's Stage Stories w/Broadway Girl NYC

By Brian Ives

“Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda is the man of the hour, whether you’re a Broadway fan or not. People who never go near musical theater have been scrambling to get tickets for his show, which has a mind-blowing 16 Tony Award nominations.

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“Since the moment we opened, the excitement has been so crazy,” he tells Laura Heywood (aka BroadwayGirlNYC). “The thing you can’t buy is: people leaving [the theater] and saying, ‘You have to see this!'”

And it’s that excitement — created via word-of-mouth — that has made his hip-hop musical Broadway’s hottest ticket.

For Miranda, his love of musical theater started in sixth grade, when he participated in a production that featured scenes from a number of classic musicals. Among the roles that he landed: Conrad Birdie in “Bye Bye Birdie,” Captain Hook in “Peter Pan”and Bernardo in “West Side Story.” “That’s a lethal dosage of musical theater at age 12!”

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During the “Bye Bye Birdie” segment, he recalls, “All the girls had to faint when I sang,” which made sense, as he was playing a fictional rock and roll star.

Understandably, Miranda’s reaction to this was: “I’m doing this for the rest of my life!”

And now, with the success of “Hamilton,” he probably can do that, should he choose to.

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See how many awards “Hamiltonwins at the Tony Awards, when they air on June 12 on CBS at 8 pm ET.