LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, the 36-year-old creator of the hit musical, talks about trusting his instincts, the value of a vacation, and how he accidentally married the oldest form of entertainment with the newest form of social media.

What surprised you most about the Hamilton phenomenon?

Um, everything. Honestly. I knew we’d be a hit with history teachers. Everything else has been sort of a surprise.

Do you have a process, a formula, for your creative work?

Not really. One of the best things about the success of Hamilton is that this is an idea that sounds crazy when you say it in one sentence. I had that experience over and over again. When I performed the first song at the White House,

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