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VIDEO: Aaron Sorkin & Cast of 'West Wing' Talk Show's Influence on HAMILTON

Aaron Sorkin reunited with the cast of his long-running television drama series THE WEST WING on this morning's TODAY and spoke about their enthusiasm for Broadway's 11-time Tony winning musical Hamilton and its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

"There's no bigger Sorkin freak than Lin-Manuel Miranda," revealed the cast members, adding "[The West Wing] inspired Hamilton." The political drama ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006, and took audiences into the offices of White House staffers working for the fictitious Josiah Bartlet administration. Over the course of its run, the show won legions of fans and four consecutive Emmy awards for outstanding drama series.

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HAMILTON won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical along with 10 additional awards. The show opened on August 6, 2016 at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre. The cast of Hamilton is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs(Marquis De Lafayette,Thomas Jefferson), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler),Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Rory O'Malley (King George), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton alternate), Okieriete Onaodowan(Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr),Anthony Ramos(John Laurens, PhilipHamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton).

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway,HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.



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