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Lin-Manuel Miranda is Alexander Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda is Alexander Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda is Alexander Hamilton

I remember, while watching Disney's 2018 sequel Mary Poppins Returns, being underwhelmed by the performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who shuffled about apologetically playing an anaemic descendent of Dick Van Dyke's ebullient 'cockney' chimney sweep, Bert.

Little did I know that Miranda was the lion of Broadway, America's musical theatre wunderkind, having conceived, written and starred in the massively successful historical show Hamilton, which won 11 Tonys and broke box office records during its original run.

This movie, directed by Thomas Kail, was filmed during a live production at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City in June, 2016. It was originally supposed to form part of a documentary, but when Miranda and Kail decided to turn it into a movie instead, a bidding war ensued, which the deep pockets of Disney won. If watching it proves anything, it's that Miranda was miscast in Mary Poppins Returns, because all his formidable creative talents are on display here.