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The Book of Mormon (musical)

'Hamilton' cast album makes history singing about history

The cast album from the Broadway smash "Hamilton" has done something few such recordings have done in quite some time. How long? Since Richard Burton was King Arthur onstage — the first time.

Atlantic Records said last week that "Hamilton" has so far sold over 54,000 albums, had more than 16 million songs streamed and become the highest debuting cast recording on the Billboard Top 200 in over 50 years — not typical numbers for Broadway.

"I don't know if the bubble has popped, but it definitely includes so many more people than normal. That's the beauty of it," said Renee Elise Goldsberry, who plays Angelica Schuyler in the...