You can’t very well visit New York without taking in at least one Broadway show. And while there are dozens of viable contenders—from longest-running production, The Phantom of the Opera, to more recent Tony winners like The Book of Mormon or Wicked—it’s newcomer Hamilton that’s got the theater crowd buzzing. While a show about the Secretary of the Treasury and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton may seem it could err on the dry side—boring Hamilton most definitely is not. Writer, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also starred in the musical for the first seven weeks of its run and was responsible for the 2008 hit In the Heights, penned this upbeat retelling of Hamilton’s life with an engaging mix of pop, R&B, jazz and hip-hop. Though he pushes the boundaries at times, Miranda also does justice to the Caribbean immigrant’s legacy as one of America’s most powerful political figures.