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‘Hamilton’ star: 2016 election is ‘bat-s— crazy’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton,” says the 2016 election cycle has been “bat-shit crazy” — and he’s not surprised.

“I think it’s bat-shit crazy and I think it’s been bat-shit crazy since 1800,” the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, lyricist and performer said Sunday on the red carpet for the National Archives Foundation’s annual awards gala.

{mosads}“Election cycles bring out the best and the worst in us, and this year is no different.”

Miranda, along with Tony Award-winning film and theater director Thomas Kail and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow, received the National Archives Foundation’s Records of Achievement Award for their work on the Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Hamilton.” The show was inspired by Chernow’s biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton.

According to the National Archives Foundation, the award is its “highest honor” and given “to individuals whose work has fostered a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original National Archives records.”

Miranda said he thinks the story of “Hamilton” resonates so deeply with audiences today because “we love an origin story.”

“I think when you see the Founders presented as humanly as two hours and 45 minutes can allow — fighting and feuding and being petty and being brilliant — you look at the news, and then you sort of have that prism,” Miranda said. “You’ve got that origin story in your mind and you go, ‘Oh, that explains that.’ ”

Kail, who directed “Hamilton,” said the meaning of the musical “depends on the week.”

“‘One Last Time,’ the song where [George] Washington steps down, was simply a completely different experience once our country again started searching for a leader,” Kail said. “Something happened this spring, and that song started to stop the show.”

Kail added that “Hamilton” tells the story of what was possible during “a series of moments in time when it was all out there in front of us.”

“That is still the case,” Kail said. “So we must keep going.”

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