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Feature: Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Times for “tick, tick… BOOM!” & “Encanto”

[ Written on November 22 2021 by Francesca ]

On Saturday November, 19 The Times shared an interview to Lin-Manuel Miranda, where he talks about his latest projects, tick, tick… BOOM! and Encanto.

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“I definitely hear a ticking clock in my life,” Lin-Manuel Miranda says. “I think that’s clear from a lot of the work I’ve done.” In 2015 the goateed New Yorker somersaulted to the top of the musical-theatre tree as the creator and star of Hamilton. The bravura, hip-hop-powered tale of Alexander Hamilton, one of the more obscure founding fathers of America, became a stage sensation in New York, London and Sydney and won Miranda two Tonys, an Olivier and a Pulitzer, plus an estimated fortune of £60 million. “You write like you’re running out of time,” one of the songs in the show, Non-Stop, said of his restless title character.

Does he ever feel overwhelmed? “Well, I chose to do it,” he says via Zoom from his home in New York, where he lives with his wife, Vanessa Nadal, and their sons, Sebastian, 7, and Francisco, 3. “That’s an important mindshift sometimes. What I learnt from my time at university [he went to Wesleyan in Connecticut] was, ‘Oh, these things can be in conversation with each other. What I’m learning here is applicable there.'” Besides, he adds, “I don’t feel like I’m running out of time so much as that’s the fantasy. Non-Stop is the fantasy of what a writer’s life is like. It’s much more tedious and slow than that. I’m incredibly impatient to get my work out into the world, but I also work on projects that take years to complete.”

One of the things that attracts him to magic realism, he says, citing Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, is “the ways in which magic presents itself as an expression of character”. So the gossipy sister in Encanto has enhanced hearing and the nurturing aunt cooks meals with magical healing properties. “As a songwriter that’s very exciting: to establish themes for all these characters, to dig into how they see themselves or how the family sees them,” Miranda says. “That’s stuff you talk about with your shrink — to write Disney songs about it is really fun.”

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Feature: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jon M. Chu talks about In The Heights movie on The New York Times

[ Written on June 11 2021 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jon M. Chu had a chat with The New York Times about In The Heights.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda still believes it was a miracle that In the Heights, the musical homage to Latino culture through the lens of the Washington Heights neighborhood, made it to Broadway. Back in 2008, before striving for inclusion became the entertainment industry standard, he and the playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes were unknowns peddling a joyful narrative about unseen people.

Their exuberant show inspired by their families and neighbors finally reaches the big screen (and HBO Max) this week after stumbling through multiple studios. Warner Bros. and the director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) were ultimately entrusted with the project.

In retrospect, Miranda said, it was naïve to think that getting the show from the stage to the multiplex would be easy. It took more than a decade.

Some of the hurdles were about Hollywood’s unwillingness to take chances on new talent and invest in that, Miranda said. When you watch this movie that Jon has so beautifully directed, you see a screen full of movie stars, but some of them you may not have heard of before. They were movie stars without the roles they needed to become movie stars.

The movie features a cast of emerging and seasoned talents, including Anthony Ramos as a bodega owner with dreams of returning to the Dominican Republic, Melissa Barrera as an aspiring fashion designer and Leslie Grace as a struggling Stanford student, and was shot on location with all the panache that a reported $55 million budget can achieve. Depressingly, Miranda said, the show and now the film remain an anomaly. He hopes for the day when In the Heights is free of the burden of representation that it bears, as more productions of its size and cultural relevance receive equal support and exposure.

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Feature: ‘In the Heights’ Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu on the Hard Fight to Turn the Groundbreaking Musical Into a Movie

[ Written on April 08 2021 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu are VARIETY coverstars and the long coverstory includes a lot of voices from In The Heights.

When Lin-Manuel Miranda was pitching his musical In the Heights nearly two decades ago, Broadway heavyweights stumbled over what he was selling. They wanted the young female protagonist Nina, who drops out of Stanford, to have a more dramatic reason for leaving school than the pressures of being the first in her family to go to college.

“I would get pitches from producers who only had ‘West Side Story’ in their cultural memory,” Miranda recalls. “Like, ‘Why isn’t she pregnant? Why isn’t she in a gang? Why isn’t she coming out of an abusive relationship at Stanford?’ Those are all actual things I was pitched.” He pauses for a moment, not to entertain those queries but to consider their absurdity. “Because the pressure of leaving your neighborhood to go to school is fucking enough. I promise. And if it’s not dramatic enough, that’s on us to show you the fucking stakes.”

Miranda stood his ground. The show that he wanted to create emerged from his memories of growing up in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood and from the painful realization that Broadway roles for Latinos were limited. So he used hip-hop and salsa to pay homage to a close-knit community of immigrants and strivers, bodegas and block parties, friends who feel like family and families that deal with the tensions of trying to make it in the greatest city in the world. In the Heights would eventually open on Broadway in 2008, winning four Tonys and launching Miranda’s career.

Now, that musical is becoming a major summer film directed by Jon M. Chu. The Warner Bros. movie is finally coming out, both in theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max, on June 11. Even after a year’s delay due to the pandemic, the timing couldn’t be better.

And that’s not just because Miranda no longer has to fight to reflect the experiences that have since resonated with countless college students who have felt like Nina. “Because of the specificity of that struggle, I can’t tell you how many people have made it their business to tell me how much it means to them,” Miranda says.

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Feature: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Most Revolutionary Role Yet on the WSJ.

[ Written on June 22 2020 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda graces the cover of the WSJ. with a long feature in which he talks about his life during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Hamilton movie.

He and Nadal took turns supervising both Sebastian’s Zoom schooling (“Neither of us is quick to be a kindergarten teacher,” he says) and the care of their younger boy, 2-year-old Francisco. Isolated from their families and work colleagues, the Miranda-Nadals maintained their sanity by holding a weekly Thursday-night video cocktail hour with fellow alumni of Hunter College High School, which they both attended in the 1990s. At bedtime, Miranda settled in with Stephen Greenblatt’s book Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, paying particular attention to the passages pertaining to the outbreaks of bubonic plague that regularly befell London and Stratford-upon-Avon in the early 17th century.

“I didn’t read it because I wanted to know more about Shakespeare,” he says of Greenblatt’s book. “I read it as a how-to manual, how to cope when your calling and your livelihood routinely closes down.”

What he has learned, Miranda says, is that the only thing he can count on is uncertainty: “I have to just give up the idea that I know what’s going to happen on the other side of this. I don’t know what the other side looks like. I don’t know what a second wave looks like in the fall. I don’t know what this country looks like after Election Day. I hope it looks different. I have to give up wrestling with that and wrestle with what I can answer.”

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Coverage: Lin-Manuel Miranda presents “Siempre, Luis” at 2020 Sundance Film Festival

[ Written on January 26 2020 by Francesca ]

On January, 25 Lin-Manuel Miranda was in Park City, Utah, to present the documentary Siempre, Luis dedicated to his father Luis Miranda at the Sundance Film Festival. The two Mirandas an the director John James made the round of the many studios setted by the media outlet to give interviews and promote the movie.

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Movie Projects > 2020 – Siempre, LuisPromo
Public Appearances > 202025 January – Vulture Spot Presented By Amazon Fire TV 2020
Public Appearances > 202025 January – IMDb Studio At Acura Festival Village
Public Appearances > 202025 January – WarnerMedia Lodge Elevating Storytelling With AT&T
Public Appearances > 202025 January – Music Lodge During 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Public Appearances > 202025 January – Variety Sundance Studio
Public Appearances > 202025 January – 2020 Sundance Film Festival – “Siempre Luis” Premiere
Public Appearances > 202025 January – 2020 Sundance Film Festival – “Siempre Luis” Premiere – After Party
Photo Sessions > 2020Session 001
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Photo Sessions > 2020Session 007

 

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