Lin-Manuel Miranda may have lost his first Oscar race at the end of February — he was up for Best Song for “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” but was bested by “City of Stars” from “La La Land” — but he got some good news at the beginning of March. The original cast recording of his hit show “Hamilton” just topped three million in sales.
The disc, which came out in September 2015, crossed the million mark in May of 2016. That was several months after it won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and a month before the show swept the Tony Awards, winning 11 races including Best Musical. Later that summer, the cast recording peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It was certified double platinum in October of last year.
While cast recordings of Broadway musicals used to be staples on the Billboard chart, only three others besides “Hamilton” have made it to the top 10 in the last half century: “Hair” back in 1968, “The Book of Mormon” in 2011, and “Dear Evan Hansen,” which debuted in the eighth slot several weeks ago. That tuner, with a score by “La La Land” lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is a frontrunner at the upcoming Tony Awards.
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