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Video: His Dark Materials at the San Diego Comic Con IGN Studio
Jul 20, 2019
Interview / Video

At the San Diego Comic Con, the cast and crew of His Dark Materials stopped by IGN’s studio for a chat and a series of portraits.

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Coverage: His Dark Materials at the Comic Con TVLine Studio
Jul 20, 2019
Interview / Photo Session / Television Projects / Video

At the San Diego Comic Con, the cast and crew of His Dark Materials stopped by TVLine’s studio for a chat and a series of portraits.

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Coverage: His Dark Materials at San Diego Comic Con Entertainment Weekly Studio
Jul 19, 2019
Interview / Photo Session / Video

At the San Diego Comic Con, the cast and crew of His Dark Materials stopped by Entertainment Weekly’s studio for a chat and a series of portraits.

Check the photos in HQ in our Gallery and the video below.

Coverage: His Dark Materials at the San Diego Comic Con Autograph Signing and Panel
Jul 19, 2019
Gallery Update / Interview / Public Appearances / Television Projects / Video

His Dark Materials took over Hall H at Comic-Con on Thursday afternoon, with stars James McAvoy (Lord Asriel), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby), Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter) and Dafne Keen (Lyra Belacqua) all present to show off the new trailer, after some of them took part to an autograph signing session.

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Video: His Dark Materials First Full Trailer
Jul 19, 2019
Television Projects / Video

On Thursday July 18, at the San Diego Comic Com, HBO presented the first full trailer of the new series with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dafne Keen, Rith Wilson and James McAvoy.

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Podcast: Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Good Place: The Podcast
Jun 24, 2019
Audio / Interview

During the show’s hiatus, host Marc Evan Jackson shoots the shirt with celebrity fans of The Good Place. In this episode, Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his role opposite William Jackson Harper as a rapping apple in The Electric Company, playing Amy Santiago’s brother on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, his inspiration and process for writing Hamilton and much more.

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News: Netflix Lands Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Tick, Tick… Boom’
Jun 19, 2019
Movie Projects / News

Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to make his feature film directorial debut at Netflix with an adaptation of “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson’s “Tick, Tick… Boom!” Netflix acquired worldwide rights to the film, which is being produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Julie Oh, as well as Miranda.

Variety: Following a heated bidding war, Netflix has walked away with the rights to “Tick, Tick… Boom,” a musical adaptation to be directed by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Sources say Andrew Garfield is the top choice to star, though no deal is done.

“Dear Evan Hansen” writer Stephen Levenson adapting the script based on the original stage show by the late “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and Julie Oh of Imagine Entertainment are producing along with Miranda. Julie Larson and Levenson are executive producing.

“Tick, Tick… Boom!” is set in 1990 and tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia — which he hopes will be the next great American musical and finally give him his big break. Jon is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for Jon’s career aspirations. Meanwhile, his best friend and roommate Michael, has given up on his creative aspirations for a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is about to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with anxiety — wondering if his dream is worth the cost.

Larson was the playwright behind “Rent,” the multiple award-winning musical, including the Tony for best musical in 1996. “Rent” was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1996, an honor Miranda’s “Hamilton” received in 2016. Only nine musicals have won the Pulitzer for drama. Larson tragically died the night before the show’s first preview performance Off-Broadway. “Rent” ultimately spent 12 years on the Great White Way, making it the 11th longest running show in Broadway history.

Miranda frequently sites Larson as a source of inspiration. The film marks Miranda’s feature film directing debut, having worked mainly on Broadway for the past two decades as the playwright behind such massive hits like “Hamilton” and “In the Heights.” A movie adaptation of “In the Heights,” Miranda’s first Tony-winning musical, is currently in the works at Warner Bros.

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda “Wheel of Freestyle” on The Tonight Show
Jun 19, 2019
Public Appearances / Video

On June 18, Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to reveal his plans for the new Broadway show created by his hip-hop collective Freestyle Love Supreme, after participating in a round of “Wheel of Freestyle” with Fallon. During the segment the singer faced off against The Roots’ Black Tought to test out verses with unusual words, which this time included “Daenerys Targaryen,” “seared salmon” and “Pikachu.”

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Is Coming to Broadway
Jun 19, 2019
News / Stage Productions

The improvised hip-hop show from Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale, will begin previews September 13. Opening is set for October 2. The show is scheduled for a 16-week run. Tickets go on sale to American Express holders June 21 and to the general public July 9. The core cast will be comprised of core Andrew Bancroft AKA “Jelly Donut,” Arthur Lewis AKA “Arthur The Geniuses,” Bill Sherman AKA “King Sherman,” Chris Sullivan AKA “Shockwave,” Anthony Veneziale AKA “Two-Touch,” and Utkarsh Ambudkar AKA “UTK.” Expect surprise appearances during the run from Miranda, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, Daveed Diggs, and Chris Jackson.

The improvised hip-hop show from Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale, will begin previews September 13. Opening is set for October 2. The show is scheduled for a 16-week run. Tickets go on sale to American Express holders June 21 and to the general public July 9. The core cast will be comprised of core Andrew Bancroft AKA “Jelly Donut,” Arthur Lewis AKA “Arthur The Geniuses,” Bill Sherman AKA “King Sherman,” Chris Sullivan AKA “Shockwave,” Anthony Veneziale AKA “Two-Touch,” and Utkarsh Ambudkar AKA “UTK.” Expect surprise appearances during the run from Miranda, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, Daveed Diggs, and Chris Jackson.

Check Freestyle Love Supreme official site.

NEW YORK TIMES: Freestyle Love Supreme, the improvisational hip-hop group whose creators include Lin-Manuel Miranda, is coming to Broadway.

Mr. Miranda will co-produce and periodically (on unannounced occasions) appear in the show, which is scheduled to run for four months, from September to January at the Booth Theater.

“There’s nothing like live theater,” Mr. Miranda said in an interview, “and when it’s being created in front of you, there’s really nothing like it.”

Among the other occasional performers: Christopher Jackson, James Monroe Iglehart, Wayne Brady and Daveed Diggs. The core company includes Andrew Bancroft, Arthur Lewis, Bill Sherman, Chris Sullivan, Anthony Veneziale and Utkarsh Ambudkar.

The group was created in 2004 by Mr. Miranda, Mr. Veneziale and Thomas Kail when they were working on the development of Mr. Miranda’s first Broadway musical, “In the Heights,” which Mr. Kail directed. Mr. Miranda went on to create and star in “Hamilton,” also directed by Mr. Kail; Mr. Veneziale has become an improv educator.

Freestyle Love Supreme has performed periodically around the world, and had a short-lived television show. It had an Off Broadway run earlier this year at the Greenwich House Theater, which is run by Ars Nova, the nonprofit that also housed the first public performances of Freestyle Love Supreme years ago.

“We’re going to try to take all the feeling we captured downtown and put it in the middle of Times Square,” Mr. Kail said in an interview. “It’s a secret more people should know about.”

The Broadway run of “Freestyle Love Supreme” is being produced by Mr. Kail, Mr. Miranda, Jenny and Jon Steingart (founders of Ars Nova), and Jill Furman (a producer of “Hamilton”). It is scheduled to begin performances on Sept. 13 and to open Oct. 2.

The “Freestyle” run will be one of two on Broadway this season — the other is a one-week run by Dave Chappelle this summer — that will require patrons to secure their smartphones in a locked pouch throughout the performance. The pouches, made by Yondr, are used in other venues, and these shows will be early experiments for Broadway, which has been grappling with how to manage the disruption and distraction caused by cellphones.

Mr. Miranda said he expected to wrap up two big projects this summer — the filming in Wales of the next season of the HBO adaptation of “His Dark Materials” (in which he plays Lee Scoresby) and the filming of a screen adaptation of “In the Heights” (in which he will appear as Piraguero) — and that he would be available by the time “Freestyle” begins.

“When we did the Off Broadway run, I probably did a couple times a week, and I’m hoping to do something similar to that” on Broadway, he said. “It will be a happy time when I will watch the edit,” he said, referring to “In the Heights,” “and rap with my friends.”

Podcast: Lin-Manuel Miranda on Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
Jun 17, 2019
Audio / Interview

Lin-Manuel and Conan sit down to chat about the perks of youth theatre, rhyming as a superpower, the magic of Queen & David Bowie’s “Under Pressure,” and handling the immeasurable success of ‘Hamilton.’

Listen the podcast below.