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Backstage on Broadway: Brandon Victor Dixon is ready to “charm” as Aaron Burr in ‘Hamilton’

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He is one of American history's greatest villains, the third Vice President of the United States and the man who shot Alexander Hamilton... Aaron Burr.

"We are in my room, welcome!" Brandon Victor Dixon smiled.

We spent some time with the new Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon in the mansion where the real VP made things happen.

"I get to step into the shoes of my good friend, the wonderful artist Leslie Odom Jr.," he said. "I'm excited that everybody has welcomed me into the room where it happened."

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The face of Hamilton are changing, and so is the face of Broadway.

"The diversity in our show, shows where the industry can go, the power of story telling," Dixon explained.

Brandon's played some pretty powerful roles over his career before this he starred as music mogul 'Berry Gordy' in Motown and tapped his way to a Tony nomination in Shuffle Along.

"Projects and characters come into my life to teach me something," he explained. "I imagine it's already changed my life and I look forward to how that reveals itself."

As for what you can expect from this Burr incarnation...?

"My Aaron Burr is going to be very, very charming," he smiled "I am going to discover a lot of things on stage in front of the many of you."

And he says for any actor, there's a difference between watching the show and stepping on that stage.

"The way they structured the show it works on many levels, physically, mentally, emotionally and technically," he described. "So when you are in it, it moves much more quickly. The way I picture the storytelling from Aaron's standpoint is almost as if he is stuck in a limbo and he has to relive this experience over and over again until he learns something new about it."

By the way, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a good portion of the show in that chair Brandon sat in. And, the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights is open to the public.

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