Brad Trent
May 14, 2016 08:00 AM

Lin-Manuel Miranda is having a moment. Many moments, in fact.

The creator and star of the hip-hop Broadway hit Hamilton recently celebrated a record 16 Tony nominations, and before that a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur genius grant. Oh and he’s also pals with the President – one of the first people ever to hear Miranda’s Hamilton music, before it became the hottest ticket on the Great White Way.

“It was really very surreal,” Miranda tells PEOPLE of the First Family’s visit to the Broadway show. “This journey started at the President’s house: The first time I’d presented any music for Hamilton was when I was invited to perform at the White House in 2009, and that video has been seen millions of times.”

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Miranda continues, “It’s been in cool history teachers’ curriculums for the past six years, and so it felt like a very full-circle moment when he brought his family to see the show because he was the first one to hear the first song.”

With reporting by JEFF NELSON

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