Disney is pairing Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda with iconic songwriter Alan Menken for a live action feature adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. Miranda and Menken will write the songs together.Marc Platt will produce the film along with Miranda, in a configuration just set by Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. Deadline revealed in May that Disney was figuring out a way to add the classic title to a slate of films based on the studio’s animated films. This one is being orchestrated as a mix of pre-existing songs from the 1989 Disney animated classic movie, for which Menken won two Oscars, sharing Best Song with Howard Ashman, and winning Best Score on his own. Menken has eight Oscars in his storied career. [Source]
Although Miranda wasn’t on set to offer tips for playing the young, scrappy, and hungry treasury secretary, his presence was felt. Drunk History creator Derek Waters would blast the soundtrack in between set-ups, and Miranda did Face Time to check on the production the day after the Tony Awards—“after having probably the craziest night of his life,” Shawkat notes. The episode (airing November 29) also reunited the actress with Arrested Development co-star Tony Hale, who plays James Monroe — a Founding Father who didn’t make it into the musical. [Source]
I updated the gallery with +100 HQ photos of Lin during his visit to Puerto Rico where he made a few stops before his Walk of Fame Star event.
A big theme of Hamilton is that history lives at the whim of whoever tells your story. Well, we’re betting a corollary to that lesson is: History lives at the whim of how hammered the guy telling your story is when he tells it. We’ll find out for sure this fall, when Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates the Alexander Hamilton/Aaron Burr rivalry on an episode of Drunk History. Presumably Miranda’s going to have a fresh take on the story, since rapping and slurring do not an elegant combination make. The news of Miranda’s appearance actually comes as a SHOCKING reversal, as Miranda, a Drunk History fan, once noted that Alexander Hamilton was the subject of the show’s very first lesson, shutting down the possibility of his reprising the story on the show. Last December, he tweeted: “Hamilton was the first story ever told on Drunk History. I’d have to get drunk and tell you something else.” Don’t feel bad, Lin. Forgetting history is the drunk way, and repeating it is downright all-American.
Drunk History’s creator Derek Waters announced the news of Miranda’s appearance at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Thursday. More guests set for season four of the Comedy Central series include Paget Brewster, Busy Phillips, Mae Whitman, Jack McBrayer, David Koechner, Billie Joe Armstrong, Rachel Bilson, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Kat Dennings, Ben Folds, Dave Grohl, Tony Hale, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Elizabeth Olsen, Aubrey Plaza, Ronda Rousey, Liev Schreiber, and Alia Shawkat, among others. Salud! [Source]
Lin-Manuel Miranda will be honored in Puerto Rico with his very own star in the island’s Walk of Fame. The Hamilton creator and award-winning artist is set to reveal his star on Wednesday, July 27 in the iconic Ashford Avenue.
“For us, it is great news that Lin-Manuel Miranda will join us during this ceremony. He is an international artist who has given Puerto Rico great pride because of his success with Hamilton. It’s an honor and much happiness that he has accepted our invitation to be present when we reveal his star,” said founder of Puerto Rico’s Walk of Fame Santiago Villar in a statement. [Source]
Lin made a small appearance on The Tonight Show a couple of days ago where he preformed with JLO thier new song ‘Love Makes The World Go Round’ and recorded a small backstage segment you can watch below.
As a follow up for the last update, this post will include multi videos of Lin’s last week with Hamilton.