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All Songs +1: Why 'Hamilton' The Musical Works

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All Songs +1: Why 'Hamilton' The Musical Works

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All Songs +1: Why 'Hamilton' The Musical Works

All Songs +1: Why 'Hamilton' The Musical Works

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Show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda performs as America's first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, in the hip-hop musical Hamilton. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images hide caption

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On paper, the musical Hamilton sounds like a joke. But as NPR Music's Timmhotep Aku tells us in this week's +1 podcast, "Maybe you shouldn't judge things on face value."

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda takes a snooze-worthy subject — the history of America's financial system — and mixes it with florid period costumes, 2 1/2 hours of Broadway theatrics and a whole bunch of hip-hop songs. But even the most skeptical audiences are being won over in droves. On this week's +1 podcast, we talk about why the unlikely hit works.