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Video: ‘Hamilton’ Cast Reunites for SAG Nominating Committee

[ Written on January 05 2021 by Francesca ]

The cast of Hamilton, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, assembled for a Screen Actors Guild Q&A with Variety on January 2 afternoon.

Check the long conversation below.

Feature: Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Hopeful for Broadway’s Return

[ Written on December 31 2020 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote an op-ed for Variety to reflect on the most significant changes of the past 12 months in the American theater community and to pinpoint the issues and opportunities that are most important to restoring the industry to health in 2021 and beyond.

Read it below.

The loss to the theater community is already incalculable. It’s shown people who go into this way of life how fragile it is, how dependent we are on each other, and when the ability to gather is taken away, how long it can take. I’ve written rec letters for fellow actors who are going into other lines of work. That’s a real hole, and I don’t know who is going to come back on the other side of it.

Actors are infinitely adaptable and figure out other ways to make things work. To be an actor is to figure out your side hustles. I could list mine off pre-In the Heights: I was a bar mitzvah dancer, a substitute teacher, I wrote jingles. You do what you can to make the rent so you can do what you love. The things we don’t talk about are the seamstresses and the front-of-house staff and the ushers and the restaurants around the theater district. I just wrapped shooting my first film, Tick, Tick… Boom! It’s not just actors; it’s an entire ecosystem that exists around the theater business.

The silver lining is, the pandemic has also shown us what an appetite there is and will be for live theater. I don’t think theater is dead. I think it will take a while for people to feel safe again, but the hunger for theater is so real. So I’m not worried about the audience on the other side of this, but I do worry about the many ecosystems that have been left adrift in the wake of us not being able to gather.

There was a demand for Hamilton on Disney Plus, and I was so grateful we were able to put that out into the world. What’s been thrilling about it is I have heard firsthand from other musical theater creators that the race to tape their live shows is on! And that’s great because for so long the conventional wisdom was you can’t make a movie of your show too soon because it will eat the audience that will see it live, when everything we’ve seen is that the reverse of that is true.

The Rent movie came I think nine years into Rent’s run, and I think it bought it another three years on Broadway because people were reminded of how much they loved that show. And the same is true of the Phantom movies, and I think it’s the reason the Chicago musical is still running and has run even longer than A Chorus Line.

So I hope Hamilton has forever demolished that. Showing the world what you’re making in the live theater space, while it’s not the same as live theater and nothing can be the same as being in the space with people, it can also be an enormous asset.

Even virtually, I’ve seen some thrilling live theater this year, from Andrew Scott at the Old Vic to Michael Urie’s production of Buyer & Cellar that streamed online as a benefit for The Actors Fund. So I don’t think there’s putting any of that back into the bottle. I think when theater comes back it’s going to be in conversation with technology in an entirely different way. I don’t think we go back to a world where a show premieres on Broadway, and then no one can see it unless they have two hundred bucks. I think producers are going to have to start thinking about how they’re going to capture [their work] because in capturing it they can actually capture a much larger audience for their live show.

Just like conversations in Hollywood around video on demand and exclusivity in cinemas are changing, a similar conversation is going to happen with theater.

Also, the question that Hollywood is asking, Broadway and theaters are also asking. Is there as much diversity in the ranks, in the administrative offices, behind those theaters and above those theaters? The answer is no, so we’re having conversations in the Hamilton ecosystem when it comes to stage management and the folks we hire to maintain the quality of our various productions. These are conversations that often get swept under the rug both in Hollywood and Broadway because it’s business as usual and it’s the next movie and we gotta go and we gotta go and we gotta go. But suddenly the world stopped. We don’t have that excuse anymore. You don’t have the excuse of we’ll deal with it on the next one. We have to deal with it now, and so that’s been really emboldening and really exciting, and so we’ve been having those conversations within our company and hope to return to a more equitable ecosystem than the one we started in.

I think it’s going to take a bit of follow-up in terms of the incredible activism we’ve seen from young people and people of color this year, in terms of really putting your actions where your mouth is, in terms of representation in front of and behind the camera and in front of and behind the stage. I feel hope about it.

As told to Claudia Eller

Coverage: Third Round of His Dark Materials Season 2 Junket Press

[ Written on December 30 2020 by Francesca ]

After the last episode of the second season aired on HBO, some interviews given by Lin-Manuel Miranda where published online by several sites, such as Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Slate and Gizmodo
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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: At the risk of ticking off fans of another popular fantasy series, it seems your watch has ended.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA: Haha! Yes. Hodor. Please. Hodor.

What was your reaction when you found out that Lee would be going out in this blaze of glory? And then what was it like acting it out?

Well, my first reaction was back in 2005 when I read the books. I had that in the back of my mind when I said yes to the gig. I’m gonna have to do one of the most heartbreaking deaths in literature, or at least in the literature that I’ve read. So, I think a part of me has been preparing since I signed on for the gig. One of the things that’s so affecting about it and the genius of Philip Pullman is every death in this story is two deaths. We haven’t just gotten to know Lee, we’ve gotten to know Hester and their relationship. I think that’s the extra twist that you never see coming. It’s heartbreaking in the book, and I hope we did it a bit of justice.

I also found something really beautiful about this moment. Everybody in Lyra’s world who has a daemon comes with this blessing that they are not alone in their final moments on earth. I was curious if you had any thoughts on that for Lee.

Pullman wrote a book called Daemon Voices where he wrote a series of essays about his thinking around the series, and the notion of a daemon was a storytelling solution. [People] can monologue about what they’re doing and how they’re feeling if they have someone to talk to. So, why don’t I put their souls outside their body? And it’s so simple and so elegant, but you’re right, it brings this incredible moment of solace in the final moment. I haven’t read The Subtle Knife for many years. I didn’t want to re-read it and get too attached to anything in case our version strayed. But the line that always stayed with me is Lee saying to Hester, “Don’t you go before I do.” That is a beautiful, heartbreaking line.

Read the rest of the Entertainment Weekly interview and the others under the jump.
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Video: Second Round of His Dark Materials Season 2 Junket Press

[ Written on December 04 2020 by Francesca ]

After the first round, we collected some more inteviews, video and written, that Lin-Manuel Miranda gave so far to promote His Dark Materials season two.

Let’s start with ETalk.

Under the cut you can find more from Access, CINEMA-Magazin, Milenio and Observer New Review.

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Video: First Round of His Dark Materials Season 2 Junket Press

[ Written on November 15 2020 by Francesca ]

We collected the inteviews, video and written, that Lin-Manuel Miranda gave so far to promote His Dark Materials season two.

Let’s start with the recap of season one he did for IGN.

Under the cut you can find more from Foxtel, HBO Asia, The Hollywood Reporter, Extra TV, Variety and Entertainment Weekly.

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