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Before "Hamilton" Broke The Internet, There Was "21 Chump Street"

If you're obsessed with Hamilton, then wait 'till you see this.

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Enter me. (Said "21 Chump Street" in parentheses.)

In between working on Hamilton and his other amazing projects, Lin Manuel-Miranda created 21 Chump Street: The Musical. The mini-musical is based on "the true story reported by Robbie Brown on This American Life ("What I Did For Love"), in which a high school honors student in Florida, Justin, falls for a new transfer, Naomi. Unfortunately, Naomi turns out to be an undercover cop sent to crack down on drug sales as part of Operation D-Minus, and Justin gets convicted with a felony for selling marijuana." (

Watch real-life unfold like never before.


In just 15 minutes, witness the rise and fall of one high schooler as he tries to ask an undercover cop to prom. But what makes it truly remarkable is that Miranda he uses real transcripts from real people to create this mini masterpiece.

Watch "What the Heck I Gotta Do" [Clip]

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The musical was performed live once on June 20, 2014, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House as part of This American Life’s “The Radio Drama Episode”. Music from the rest of the show can be downloaded here.

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