18
Oct 2017
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Lin was out & about in New York yesterday to do some more promotion for Almost Like Praying which debated as top selling track of the week. I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Lin in SiriusXM and the Tidal x Brooklyn benefit concert.

   

2017 > 17 October – Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits SiriusXM 
2017 > 17 October – TIDAL X Brooklyn

9
Oct 2017
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Cate Blanchett and Lin-Manuel Miranda are to co-host the Evening Standard Awards this year.

They join regular hosts Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Taking place on 3 December, Phoebe Waller-Bridge will also present the 63rd awards. The venue is yet to be announced.

The advisory panel this year is made up of Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, London Evening Standard’s chief theatre critic, Henry Hitchings; Guardian culture writer and broadcaster, Mark Lawson; WhatsOnStage’s Sarah Crompton and Matt Wolf, london theatre critic of the International New York Times; alongside the new London Evening Standard’s editor, George Osborne.

New productions and performances on the London stage between 17 October 2016 and 19 October 2017 are eligible for the awards.

The shortlist for the 63rd Evening Standard Awards will be announced in November. Categories include Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Most Promising Playwright and Emerging Talent Award. [Source]

6
Oct 2017
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The island of Puerto Rico is in critical condition following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his plea for awareness with “Almost Like Praying,” a song (listen below) whose proceeds will aid disaster relief for his second home.

I was on vacation when the hurricane hit. And like every Puerto Rican who does not live in Puerto Rico, we had a terrible few days where we were just waiting for news. The power grid was completely destroyed.

Every cell tower was out of service. So there was a period of quiet for every family member of every citizen on that island, and I was restless and in need of something to do. In the calm after the storm, most of my Facebook and Twitter feed was “My grandmother lives in Lares” or “My uncle is in San Juan. Has anyone heard from there?” It was a giant game of internet telephone, and my brain started working in terms of lyrics, because that’s what my brain does, and so I started thinking, “What if we write a relief song, but the lyrics to the song are simply every town in Puerto Rico?” I started thinking about Hurricane Maria — a name that will now forever have a destructive connotation, but prior to two weeks ago, was my favorite song from West Side Story.

So my brain started playing with the lyrics “Say it loud and there’s music playing/Say it soft and it’s almost like praying,” and I immediately emailed the Leonard Bernstein estate and Stephen Sondheim to ask for permission to sample it. To their incredible credit, they said yes within the day, and I started writing this tune where the hook is “Almost Like Praying” and the lyrics are the name of every town — 78 towns — in Puerto Rico. And then I pulled up my Rolodex. [Read More]

6
Oct 2017
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Lin was on The Late Late Show with Stephen Colbert yesterday where he talked about the #PuberMe twitter campaign & helping Puerto Rico. Check out the video (Lin bursts in starting 6:57) and the photos.

  

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Oct 2017
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19
Aug 2017
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I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Lin and his family attending the 32nd Annual Imagen Awards ceremony which celebrates Latinos and their culture in film and television.