The cast of Hamilton headed back to where it all began–Washington Heights–on Monday night (Oct. 17). In the uppermost part of Manhattan, the cast and celebs were on-hand for a screening of Hamilton’s America, a PBS documentary about the Broadway play that has become a pop culture phenomenon. Hamilton‘s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda couldn’t help but notice that there was something different happening at his old stomping grounds.
“I’ve never heard 176th street so quiet before,” he said to a laughing crowd.
The Boombox also got a chance to talk with the man of the hour ahead of the screening.
“What I think [the documentary] captures is really that place where the show meets history and where we fall short and how much there is to this man [Alexander Hamilton] and this life,” said Manuel. “And it also gets these really great glimpses of the process…me writing when I didn’t know what the hell this thing was…me moving to my apartment. Alex [Horowitz] was filming for a really long time. So I’m sort of thrilled with all of the things it does.”
As for having the event in the legendary United Palace — which was recently featured in Netflix’s Luke Cage, Manuel was stoked.
“I was here watching Mary Poppins last night,” he said. “I just love that we were able to do this in my neighborhood and bring PBS so far uptown.”
ABC’s Robin Roberts, Queen Sugar‘s Nicholas L. Ashe and Gayle King were also in attendance. Hamilton’s America is scheduled to air on PBS on Friday (Oct. 21) at 9 p.m.
Check out some photos from the red carpet event above.