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News: Lin-Manuel Miranda will co-chair the MET Gala 2020

[ Written on November 07 2019 by Francesca ]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute announces that its 2020 theme will be “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” The MET hosts a Gala every year, to open the exhibition and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be among the co-chairs of the 2020 event with Nicolas Ghesquière, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Anna Wintour. The Gala will take place on Monday, May 4.

Read more about the exhibition below.

VOGUE: Twenty twenty is a milestone year for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The New York institution will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a series of exhibitions, many of which put the spotlight on the masterworks in its collections, as well as new acquisitions made as part of the 2020 Collections Initiative in honor of the anniversary. In keeping with the year’s theme, today the Met announces that the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition will showcase a century-and-a-half of fashion history culled from its archive and presented along a “disruptive” timeline. “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” says Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, takes a “nuanced and open-ended” approach. “It’s a reimagining of fashion history that’s fragmented, discontinuous, and heterogeneous.”

Bolton found inspiration for the exhibition in the 1992 Sally Potter film Orlando, which was based on the time-traveling Virginia Woolf novel of the same name. “There’s a wonderful scene,” he says, “in which Tilda Swinton enters the maze in an 18th century woman’s robe à la Francaise, and as she runs through it her clothes change to mid-19th century dress, and she re-emerges in 1850s England. That’s where the original idea came from.”

Virginia Woolf acts as the show’s “ghost narrator,” with quotes from her time-based books including OrlandoMrs. Dalloway, and To the Lighthouse appearing throughout the exhibition, not unlike Susan Sontag’s quotes guided viewers through this year’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” show. The philosopher Henri Bergson, whose concept of la durée—time that flows, accumulates, and is indivisible—also provided some of the show’s framework. In addition, Michael Cunningham, whose novel The Hours, a postmodernist reading of Mrs. Dalloway, won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, will contribute a short story to the exhibition’s catalogue. “What I like about Woolf’s version of time is the idea of a continuum,” Bolton says. “There’s no beginning, middle, or end. It’s one big fat middle. I always felt the same about fashion. Fashion is the present.”

It’s human nature to compartmentalize, to, as Bolton says, “look back at history with homogenous eyes.” Indeed, in a video clip shown at Karl Lagerfeld’s memorial in June, Lagerfeld said: “Clothes are the first thing you think of when you imagine an era—you think of pannier dresses when you say the 18th century, before architecture or anything else.” Bolton’s mission with “About Time” is to challenge and complicate this tendency, and to get us to think differently about fashion history. To do so, he will divide the 160 women’s garments in the exhibition into two sections or “timescales.” The first is a linear timeline of black looks. “It’s a very rational, regulated chronology of fashion from 1870 to 2020, the timescale of modernity,” Bolton explains. The second grouping presents what the curator describes as counter-chronologies, mostly in white ensembles, though there is also likely to be bursts of color in places. “You can see them as folds in time,” he says.

In a press release, Max Hollein, director of the Met, elaborated on the concept: “This exhibition will consider the ephemeral nature of fashion, employing flashbacks and fast-forwards to reveal how it can be both linear and cyclical.” Bolton will highlight a variety of “folds in time.” They could include comparisons between two designers of different eras, like Alaïa‎ and Vionnet or Poiret and Galliano. “Or it might be juxtapositions between two designers from a certain period who were competitive, and one survived and one didn’t,” like “Chanel and Patou in the ’20s and Rei Kawakubo and Georgina Godley in the ’80s.”

It’s useful to think of these “counter-chronologies” or “folds” as connections. Bolton makes them across shape, motif, material, pattern, technique, and decoration. Among his favorites: the relationship between a black silk faille princess-line dress from the late 1870s and an Alexander McQueen “Bumster” skirt from 1995. “Over the years, McQueen continually worked with this elongated silhouette—the princess line basically—and I’ve always felt that the bumster was the most radical version of the way he achieved it.” He continues: “What the dual timelines try to unravel is that tension in fashion between change and endurance, and transience and permanence.” Ultimately, I think it advocates for a slowing down of fashion.”

The exhibition, which will be presented in the Met Fifth Avenue’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, will be made possible by Louis Vuitton. Bolton is working with Es Devlin, the visual artist and stage designer, on the exhibition design. “I’ve long admired her work and wanted to collaborate with her,” he says. “This theme seemed most suitable for her, she’s done several of what she calls mirror mazes and she often refers to the complexity of time with her design process.” The co-chairs for the gala on Monday, May 4 will be Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Anna Wintour.

“About Time: Fashion and Duration” will be on view at the Costume Institute from May 7 through September 7, 2020.

News: Andrew Garfield To Star In Lin-Manuel Miranda Netflix Adaptation of ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’

[ Written on November 05 2019 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda has tapped Andrew Garfield to star in his feature-film directorial debut for Netflix, Tick, Tick…Boom! And Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, and Robin de Jesus are being announced as new cast members, but their roles are still unknown. The film is based on the off-Broadway semi-autobiographical story about playwright Jonathan Larson.

[EDIT] According to Vulture, Alexandra Shipp will play Susan, Jon’s girlfriend.

DEADLINE: Lin-Manuel Miranda has set Andrew Garfield to star in tick, tick…Boom! Miranda makes his feature directorial debut for Netflix on the adaptation of the autobiographical off-Broadway show written by Jonathan Larson, who shortly after went on to write the Pulitzer-winning musical Rent. Larson died tragically the night before the show’s first preview performance, before the show became a sensation.

Imagine Entertainment principals Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing with Imagine’s Julie Oh, and Miranda. Steven Levenson, the Dear Evan Hanson playwright who wrote Fosse/Verdon, is adapting the script from Larson’s original stage show. Julie Larson, Levenson and Celia Costas are the exec producers.

Garfield is essentially playing Larson in a musical about the young playwright’s towering ambition. Garfield will play Jon, an aspiring theater composer who waits tables in New York City while writing Superbia, which he hopes will be the great American musical that will finally give him his big career break. The young man is feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for Jon’s career aspiration. Meanwhile, Jon’s best friend and roommate Michael has given up on his creative dream and has taken a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is preparing to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with anxiety, wondering if his own impossible dream is worth the cost.

The autobiographical show was certainly prescient, as Larson posthumously won three Tony Awards for Rent, a show that enjoyed  a dozen year run to become the 11th longest running show in Broadway history. When Miranda won his Pulitzer for Hamilton, he and Larson became two of only nine creators of stage musicals who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Lin-Manuel Miranda is bolstering his directorial debut tick, tick… BOOM! with Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp and Robin de Jesus coming on board, Netflix announced Monday.

Radio: Lin-Manuel Miranda on BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright’s Big Guests

[ Written on November 03 2019 by Francesca ]

To On November, 1 BBC Radio 2 released an interview to Lin-Manuel Miranda on its program Steve Wright’s Big Guests, where the artist discussed Hamilton and his role in His Dark Materials. Listen HERE.

Plus, under the cut you can find a new interview Miranda gave to the BBC News.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the man behind the most popular musical of the past decade, Hamilton.
The hip hop-based show, which tells the story of Alexander Hamilton – one of the founding fathers of the United States – has been a smash hit around the globe.
In the almost five years since it made its debut, Lin’s acting career has also taken-off with a role in Mary Poppins Returns in 2018 with Emily Blunt.
Now, his latest project sees him delve into some of his favourite books, His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.
Lin plays Texan aeronaut and adventurer, Lee Scoresby, in the TV adaptation of the fantastical trilogy which starts on BBC One on Sunday.
The eight-part series is based on the first of Pullman’s best-selling novels, Northern Lights. It tells the story a young orphan, Lyra Belacqua, who lives in a parallel universe where kids are going missing and everyone has a spirit animal or dæmon, as they are called.
“I love those books,” Lin explains.
“My wife and I read them together when we were first dating – they were the books we fell in love to.
“I love living inside that world.”

His Dark Materials consists of three novels; Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. They’ve been translated into 40 languages and sold close to 18 million copies worldwide.
Lin thinks the author’s imagination is the key to why the books are so successful.
“On the surface level it is so fun, what would your soul look like if it were an animal?” he says.
“I think we connect with Lyra’s coming of age story because she is always trying to do the right thing.
“In no other universe could armoured bears, a Texan aeronaut and people with animal souls co-exist but because Philip Pullman is such a skilled writer it all hangs together.

A film adaptation starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman in 2007 was seen as a flop with disappointing box office takings and no sequels were made.
But Lin says he has no such worries about this version.
“I think what is exciting is that with the TV series we have the luxury of time,” he explains.
“We get to dig deeper on everything, on the themes and on the adventure.”
The cast also includes X-Men star James McAvoy as Lyra’s uncle, Lord Asriel, and Ruth Wilson (best known as the twisted killer Alice in Luther) as the enchanting but sinister Mrs Coulter.
“Ruth [Wilson] is genius casting,” he tells us.
“Mrs Coulter flies off the page because she is all these things but she is also fearsome – she has got it all.”

For his spirit animal, Lin would pick an internet sensation – “Pizza Rat”.
“There was a video that went viral a couple of years ago of a determined rat pulling a slice of pizza in to a New York City subway tunnel.
“Everyone was like ‘aren’t we all pizza rat?’ I would hope that my daemon is that scrappy and that resilient.”

Lin is a very busy man, perhaps the busiest in showbiz?
He argues that title surely goes to that other multi-talented star – Donald Glover – but we’re not so sure.
His other projects currently include composing songs for the live-action remake of Disney Classic, The Little Mermaid, which is due out in 2020.
It was the story of rebellious mermaid, Ariel – first released in 1989 – that Lin says ignited his passion for musical theatre and acting. He was only nine when he first watched it.
“The Little Mermaid is probably responsible for the fact that I am even sitting here talking to you,” he reveals.
“It was the first musical I saw and it lit up my brain.”
“To get to write songs [for the film] is daunting but incredibly fun.
“I think I would be more intimidated if it wasn’t The Little Mermaid, as I know the score to the film better than I know my own shows.”

As well as His Dark Materials and The Little Mermaid, there is the question of when there might be a film adaptation of Hamilton?
“Well,” he begins, “we filmed a movie of the live show the week before I left the production in 2016.

“It’s been edited and we are just trying to figure out when is the right time to release that. I think that will have a theatrical release before there is a movie adaptation of the show.
“I am proud of the fact that I worked seven years on a piece of theatre, I would like it to be seen in that form by as many people as possible.”

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda on Bringing Lee Scoresby to Life in His Dark Materials

[ Written on November 01 2019 by Francesca ]

HBO shared a series of videos of the actors of the main characters of His Dark Materials introducing their character. The videos also include new scenes never seen before.

Watch Miranda’s video below and Dafne Keen’s, in which she describes Lyra’s relationships with the other characters, including Lee Scoresby.

Video: Adapting His Dark Materials

[ Written on October 31 2019 by Francesca ]

BBC shared a new video from the behind the scenes of His Dark Materials, in which its stars and creative team talk about adapting the books materials for the small screen and the pressure that comes with the task.

Check the video below.

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