Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Genius' Reinvention of Alexander Hamilton

Image: The Public Theaters's "Hamilton" Cast And Creative Team Photo Call
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 24: Lin-Manuel Miranda (C) attends The Public Theaters's "Hamilton" Cast And Creative Team Announcement and Photo Call at The Public Theater on February 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)Getty Images

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Tony-award winning playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In the Heights") is the talk of the arts world these days over his critically acclaimed off-Broadway production "Hamilton," which will starts its Broadway run this summer.

Miranda, a New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, has created an energetic, hip-hop laden account of one of America's founding fathers and most fascinating historical figures, Alexander Hamilton. In an extended conversation with MSNBC host Chris Hayes - who is friends with Miranda since high school - the playwright and composer explains what drew him to reinvent the biography of the nation's first Treasury Secretary. Hamilton's extraordinary life - he was a "bastard" son born in the island of Nevis who emigrated to the U.S. - is a quintessentially American story of genius and reinvention.