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News: Anthony Ramos to Star in ‘In the Heights’ Movie and digital casting search
Oct 12, 2018
Movie Projects / News / Video

 

Anthony Ramos previously played the role of Usnavi in a concert presentation at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center.

 

EXCLUSIVE FROM Variety: Anthony Ramos, the “Hamilton” alum who recently appeared alongside Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born,” has found his next project.

Sources tell Variety that Ramos is in talks to re-team with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in the film adaptation of the 2005 Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

“In the Heights” follows the residents of largely Latino Upper Manhattan neighborhood Washington Heights – a bodega owner, a college student, a taxi driver, a beauty salon worker, and an old woman – aspire to better lives as gentrification begins to take hold, and a sweltering summer power blackout brings their personal life crises to a head. Quiara Alegría Hudes penning the script. “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon M. Chu is on board to direct, while Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders will produce.

Warner Bros. won the bidding war this May for the movie version of “In the Heights,” which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical. It had previously been set up at the Weinstein Company but was extricated last fall after the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal broke open.

Miranda wrote the music and lyrics and portrayed the lead role of Usnavi in “In the Heights.” He then created and starred in the smash sensation “Hamilton,” which won 11 Tonys in 2015.

Ramos, who originated the roles John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in “Hamilton” on Broadway, is co-starring in police brutality drama “Monsters and Men.” He can be seen next in Legendary’s “Godzilla: King of Monsters.” He also has the Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” which just finished shooting its second season.

“In the Heights” is set to release on June 26, 2020.

The movie director Jon M. Chu confirmed the news tweeting about it few times.

But there’s more! The production is holding a worldwide digital casting search for young talent to help bring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Tony-winning musical to the big screen. Warner Bros. is accepting submissions via Cast It Talent through November 7. Those who wish to audition are instructed to choose from one of four packets of sides and perform a provided scene and song on camera. Applicants are encouraged to be familiar with speaking Spanish. While the sides contain lines for Nina, Daniela, Usnavi, and Sonny, these are not necessarily the roles that performers will be considered for.

News: Prizeo Campagn #Ham4PR
Oct 1, 2018
News / Video

On Monday October 01, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Prizeo launched the new campaign, #Ham4PR, to support the Flamboyan Arts Fund, that Lin-Manuel and his family created in partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation to support institutions and arts groups as well as independent artists, musicians, galleries, etc. Entering, a lucky person can get the chance to see Miranda reprise his role in Hamilton in San Juan and meet him.
But let him explain it in the video and the note below.

A NOTE FROM LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

From the moment a tour was announced for HAMILTON, I knew we were going to bring the show to Puerto Rico. To share this production in Puerto Rico and reprise the lead role means so much to me. More importantly, it’s an opportunity to revitalize the arts on the island, which, like so many other areas, have been devastated since Hurricane Maria. That’s why the producers of HAMILTON and I have partnered with the Flamboyan Foundation to create the Flamboyan Arts Fund and revitalize the cultural institutions, arts organizations, independent artists, and more that are in need during the recovery. But to do this, I need your help!

When you donate $10, you’ll be entered to win a trip for you and a friend to come to San Juan (travel and hotel for 3 nights are on us) for Opening Night of HAMILTON and meet me and the cast at the after-party. I’ll also make sure you take home an autographed, framed photo of us to commemorate this amazing trip. If you want to donate more, you’ll earn extra entries to win, get some cool HAMILTON merch, and further support this initiative that is so close to my family’s heart.

So let’s help revitalize the arts in Puerto Rico. I’ll see one of you on opening night!

Siempre,

Lin-Manuel

Podcast: Simple Pleasures by Yotam Ottolenghi
Sep 27, 2018
Audio

On August 13, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared on Twitter that he and his wife, Vanessa Nadal, had a Sunday brunch with chef Yotam Ottolenghi, trying some of his new recipes.
Today on iTunes is available an episode of his podcast, Simple Pleasures, with the two of them talking about how they balance their family life with their own personal pursuits.

News: The September Hamildrop is “A Forgotten Spot (Olvidado)” by Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto, Ivy Queen, PJ Sin Suela & Lucecita Benitez
Sep 20, 2018
Music Projects / News

On September 20, for the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Lin-Manuel Miranda gave us an Hamildrop sung by artists from Puerto Rico: Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto, Ivy Queen, PJ Sin Suela and Lucecita Benitez.
A Forgotten Spot (Olvidado)‘ is is available for download and streaming.

News: Mary Poppins Returns Official Trailer
Sep 17, 2018
Movie Projects / Video

On September 17, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt introduced the brand new Mary Poppins Returns Official Trailer on Good Morning America!

Also, Disney shared a new poster!

News: Rufio by Utkarsh Ambudkar ft. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dante Brasco
Sep 14, 2018
Music Projects

New featuring from Lin-Manuel Miranda on his friend Utkarsh Ambudkar’s song ‘Rufio’, with Dante Brasco, available for streaming on Spotify.

Photos: New Mary Poppins Returns Still and Empire Scans
Sep 6, 2018
Digital Scans / Gallery Update / Movie Projects / Stills/Screencaptures

Empire shared a new Mary Poppins Returns still for their October issue!
Check still and scans in our Gallery.

Photos: Lin-Manuel Miranda Surprises Bring It On Cast in London
Sep 3, 2018
Gallery Update / Public Appearances

On September 01, Lin-Manuel Miranda surprised the young cast of the British Theatre Academy’s production of ‘Bring It On’ at Southwark Playhouse. According to WhatsOnStage, backstage he said “You did an amazing job, it’s a very challenging show. I’m so proud and this was so wonderful. You made my wife cry! I came all the way from Cardiff [where Miranda is currently filming His Dark Materials], I wouldn’t have missed it! It was awesome. It was the first time I’ve seen it since 2013 and it just all came flooding back to me.”
Check the photos of the meeting in our Gallery!

News: The August Hamildrop #3 is “Rise Up Wise Up Eyes Up” by Ibeyi
Aug 31, 2018
Music Projects / News

On August 31, Lin-Manuel Miranda released a third Hamildrop: the tune ‘Rise Up Wise Up Eyes Up‘ by the duo Ibeyi.
The track is available for download and streaming.

Video: American Express commercial with Lin-Manuel Miranda
Aug 30, 2018
Gallery Update / News / Stills/Screencaptures / Video

Lin-Manuel Miranda stars in a new American Express ad as the new global brand ambassador; the commercial, directed by Tom Hooper, focuses on Miranda’s connection to Washington Heights, the neighborhood in New York where he grew up and now lives. Miranda recruited family and friends to appear in the spot and co-wrote the soundtrack, ‘Mañana’, with longtime collaborator Alex Lacamoire while on set.
Check the video and che screen captures in Gallery.