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‘Hamilton’ musical creator says London audiences are just like Broadway ones

Smash hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" opened in London Thursday night and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said he needed to change little for a British audience.

"I was here for all of tech (rehearsals) and I was here for the first few previews, and the audience is exactly like New York," he told CNBC's Tania Bryer Thursday.

"I made a couple of changes of proper nouns, like the name 'Weehawken,' that means nothing here, but that's the town where Hamilton's final duel was in."

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of musical Hamilton, on stage in London on December 21, 2017
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of musical Hamilton, on stage in London on December 21, 2017

The show, which tells the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton who left his Caribbean birthplace to become secretary of the treasury, has received five-star reviews in British media. Hamilton founded a national bank in the U.S. as well as the United States Coast Guard.

Miranda added that as in the U.S., the King George III character is very popular in Britain. "He gets an insane entrance applause and he gets an insane ovation … The reason King George III of all people became sort of an audience surrogate is he's constantly poking holes in the American myth and what Americans tell themselves … We love him for sort of poking holes in that and making fun of it."

Hamilton also founded The New York Post and Miranda added he would have been "awed" at of the speed of news dissemination today. "I think that would really discomfort him. I think he would be kicked off Twitter pretty quickly. I think he'd get into fights with everybody. I think 280 (characters) is not enough for Alexander Hamilton. This is a guy who wrote 51 of the 85 Federalist Papers," he told CNBC.

Miranda came up with the idea of writing a musical when he read Ron Chernow's biography of Hamilton while on vacation in 2008, but it wasn't until 2015 when it made its Broadway debut.