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Biden asks ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to write another musical about Yellen

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President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday pitched an idea to “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda: write another musical about Janet Yellen.

Biden made the quip while introducing the members of critical economic positions for his incoming administration.

He announced his intent to nominate Yellen, a former Federal Reserve chair, to serve as his Treasury secretary. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to serve in the position originally filled by the musical’s namesake Alexander Hamilton.

“We might have to ask Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote a musical about the first Treasury secretary, Hamilton, to write another musical for the first woman Treasury secretary — Yellen,” Biden said with a smile. 

“Janet is one of the most important economic thinkers of our time,” Biden said. “She has spent her career focused on employment and the dignity of work. She understands what a job means to people and their communities. Respected across party lines and around the world, by Main Street and Wall Street. An educator, a mentor.”

“Hamilton” rose to international prominence in 2015 and the original Broadway cast performed at the Obama White House in 2016 while Biden was serving as vice president.

Miranda and other stars from the musical have been vocal opponents of President Trump and supported Biden during this year’s election cycle.

The “My Shot” singer was joined by his fellow co-stars Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, Okieriete Onadowa and Javier Muñoz in October for a virtual Biden fundraiser.

Tags Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton Daveed Diggs Donald Trump Hamilton Janet Yellen Joe Biden Jonathan Groff Leslie Odom Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Phillipa Soo Renée Elise Goldsberry Treasury Department Treasury Secretary
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