Actor Okieriete Onaodowan, left, actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, and actor Christopher Jackson perform the song “Alexander Hamilton” from the Broadway play “Hamilton” in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The cast of “Hamilton” is at the White House for an unusual performance of songs from the mega-hit Broadway show.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s writer and star, is joining President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for the event. The cast will perform songs for the first family and answer questions from schoolchildren.
The musical tells the true story of Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary. It is told by a young African-American and Latino cast and has a varied score that ranges from pop ballads to sexy R&B to rap battles.
The Obamas have been big boosters of the show. The president took daughters Sasha and Malia to see it last year after Michelle Obama caught it last spring.