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This actually isn’t the first time Hamilton has come to D.C. Nine years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda performed the opening song of what is now his hit musical to laughs for a White House crowd. A video of this performance was my introduction to both the show and its creator. Later, seeing the show in Manhattan, I applauded as Miranda boldly announced himself Alexander Hamilton, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that the wacky, kinetic authenticity of the young man who rapped about the first secretary of the treasury for President Obama had disappeared, subsumed by an over-hyped audience-friendly production. I was wrong. The feeling quickly vanished as the cast, armed with Miranda’s thoughtful wit, pulverized the very idea of a musical. It’s cathartic to hear noted white supremacist Thomas Jefferson called to account for his enslaving and threatened with a shoe up the ass. It’s delightful that it goes down in a cabinet meeting-rap battle hybrid. All of which is to say the best thing that can be said about a piece of pop culture as ubiquitous and universally praised as Hamilton: It’s worth the hype. Read more>>> The musical runs to September 16 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $99–$625. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Will Warren)


Folk-rock singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$95.

Conscience Drama Directive’s production of Nobody Dies on Friday, a scathing reflection on acting coach Lee Strasberg and his relationship with Marilyn Monroe, opens at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $15–$25.

Black Cat welcomes rock band The Adolescents, legends of Southern California punk. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $16–$18.

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