Lin-Manuel Miranda Found A Creative Way To Pay Tribute To 'Rent' After 'Hamilton' Beat It In Sales

"Every lyric is still in my brain."

Hamilton moved up on the Broadway bestseller charts this week, and the show's creator and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda couldn't contain his excitement.

According to Billboard, the original cast recording for Hamilton: An American Musical has spent 100 consecutive weeks on the publication's 200 albums chart (currently at No. 24), and it also surpassed the cast recording of Rent in total album sales, reaching 1.285 million. That makes it the sixth best-selling cast album since 1991, when Nielsen Music started tracking sales.


Miranda made sure to mark the accomplishment on Twitter, but instead of flaunting Hamilton's slightly better numbers, he chose to pay tribute to the iconic musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1996 and depicted a group of young artists in New York City dealing with everything from drug addiction to HIV/AIDS.

After reacting to the news with an emoji, Miranda was ready to prove his Rent love, telling followers, "Okay I'll take some questions but only answer in Rent quotes? Go!"

His followers came through, and Miranda went on to prove that Rent has the answer to pretty much every question you could ask, both mundane and profound. He quoted everything from "One Song Glory" to "Seasons of Love," sometimes pulling famous lyrics, other times more obscure ones.

As Miranda tweeted when all was said and done, "Oh, that was fun! (every lyric is still in my brain the database is intact)."

It's not the first time Hamilton has paid tribute to Rent. Last year, to mark the show's 20th anniversary, the Hamilton Twitter account posted photos of both musicals' casts, along with an iconic Rent quote. Previously, Miranda and his co-star Leslie Odom, Jr. shared how Rent inspired them.

"I heard this really great quote not too long ago that said, 'An artist spends their entire life trying to get back to the place where their heart was first opened up,' and Rent was certainly that for me as a 12 or 13-year-old kid," Odom, Jr. told Playbill.

To reach the top of the cast recording list, Hamilton just has to beat Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and, finally, The Phantom of the Opera (with 4.97 million copies sold). No pressure.

Check out more of Lin-Manuel Miranda's questions and answers below:

(H/T: Mashable)

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