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illa hip hop musical
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"Hamilton" has been nothing short of a Broadway phenomenon, bringing hip-hop and history to America's most storied musical stage. 

Hobbs-DeMaria
Kevin Harry

 

While taking a college playwriting class, Jeremiah Parker Hobbs wanted to find a creative approach that went beyond a traditional stage production.

After several years of working out the plot and fleshing out the tunes for a folk-rock musical, the Actor’s Express headliner last year showed what he had to singer and Atlanta actress Jessica De Maria.

A couple days later, as he explained on “City Lights,” she had half of it marked up and was bursting with her own ideas in the margins.