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Lin-Manuel Miranda sings show tunes, lobbies lawmakers on congressional train


Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton,” took to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to push lawmakers to preserve federal arts and humanities funding — and to take a few rides on Congress’s subway system. 

Miranda is in Washington to accept the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2017 Freedom Award. He’s also lobbying Congress to preserve $150 million in funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.


Despite the weight of his mission, Miranda spent part of Wednesday singing show tunes as he rode back and forth in the trains connecting the Senate and House chambers with the nearby office buildings. 

But the “Hamilton” creator did more than sing show tunes. He also met with lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), about funding the NEA and NEH.

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