In another interview with the Rolling Stones Miranda said that his “secret dream” for the musical was for the hip-hop community to “embrace” the musical. There was a generally assumed separation between musicals and rap. “The hip-hop world and the Broadway world really didn't know each other or meet, and for the most part, the hip-hop community missed the show,” Miranda said. Just the musicals Hair and Next to Normal did for Rock, his goal was for Hamilton to do the same for rap: to be added to the musical vocabulary. Leora Wong '18, saw the musical when it first came out off Broadway, and said that she had already seen one of Miranda's other works "In The Heights" and "Hamilton" was "a thousand times better. The rap was "unconventional and unique" and surprisingly worked well with the historical theme. Good news for Miranda, because according to Wong and many others across America, his big plans to combine rap and musical was a success.
"The hip-hop world and the Broadway world really didn't know each other"
Another factor that adds to the appeal of the musical experience are the chances of meeting a celebrity in the audience. The number of A-list celebrities who attended the show is record-setting, ranging from artists such as Jay Z and Beyoncé, Eminem, and Kanye West, to actors like Jennifer Lopez, Emma Watson and Neil Patrick Harris. Even the President of the United States showed up surprising both the cast and the audience. Name any celebrity, and they are probably on this list of famous people seen in the audience. Though they may not be the main reason why some are paying thousands of dollars to see the musical, it certainly is a bonus.