Hamilton star Daveed Diggs goes behind the camera in new ABC show

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Broadway sensation "Hamilton" made Daveed Diggs a star and won him a Tony Award in 2016, and now, he's making the most of his moment in the spotlight.

Diggs is helping to produce the new ABC show "The Mayor," about a rapper who runs for mayor as a publicity stunt and ends up winning the race.

"It's an outsider politics story," Diggs said. "(He) has to figure out how to run a city."

Just a few short years ago, Diggs was like the lead in his new show, a struggling rapper trying to "make that work, work," as he puts it. Now with his newfound success, Diggs is putting his old crew to work on the new series.

"I'm writing most of the original songs for the show, as well as other members of my band 'Clipping' are composers on the show," Diggs said. "We're slotted to come in right after Blackish now, which is amazing, which is another show I've worked on. And when you talk about not only ethnic diversity, but a diversity of experiences and diversity of different backgrounds, different parts of the world and parts of the country, I think ABC is doing a really great job."

The show stars Brandon Michael Hall as the rapper turned politician, while Yvette Nicole Brown plays his mother and Lea Michele from "Glee" plays his chief of staff.

You can tune in to the The Mayor on ABC 7 starting Tuesday's this fall.
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