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News: The 2016 Hamilton Recording May Be Headed to the Movies
Jul 25, 2018
Movie Projects / News / Stage Productions

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Hamilton may be coming to movie theaters, exactly as audiences saw it on Broadway.

Hollywood studios are currently bidding for the big-screen rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton, according to people involved in sales talks. But in an unusual twist, the Hamilton movie won’t be a filmed adaptation. Instead, it is a recording of the show made in 2016 with its original cast, including Mr. Miranda in the lead role.

The world-wide theatrical rights for Hamilton could sell for more than $50 million, two of the people with knowledge of the deal talks said. Representatives for the production have recently screened the recording for interested buyers.

A spokesman for Mr. Miranda didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Several musicals have been successful at the box office in the past few years, including originals The Greatest Showman and La La Land and adaptations of Into the Woods, Les Misérables, and Mamma Mia!, a sequel to which is currently in theaters. All of those were adapted for the big screen.

Though some stage shows have played in a limited number of theaters as one-time events and live musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar have been hits on television, there are no recent examples of recorded stage shows that play in theaters globally, like a traditional movie.

But studios are betting Hamilton may be a special case. A massive hit and a cultural phenomenon, it has grossed nearly $400 million in New York since opening in 2015, according to Broadway World. It has won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, as well as a Grammy and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It has long played to packed houses on Broadway, despite an average ticket price of $229, and plays in Chicago and London. A U.S. tour began last year.

Several studios have expressed interest in Hamilton, the people with knowledge of the deal talks said. Contenders include AT&T Inc.’s Warner Bros, which in June bought the rights to adapt Mr. Miranda’s musical In the Heights, and 21st Century Fox Inc.’s Twentieth Century Fox, which made The Greatest Showman.

Netflix Inc. recently bought the rights to stream a recorded version of Bruce Springsteen’s one-man Broadway show for more than $20 million, said people with knowledge of that deal. It is also a potential bidder for Hamilton, one of those people said. If the subscription-video company is successful, the show would likely play in few, if any, theaters.

Sellers are asking that the Hamilton recording not play in theaters, or stream, until 2020 or 2021, some of the people close to the deal talks said, giving the show at least two more years during which it can only be seen on stage.

The recording of Hamilton was made over two nights in New York and is an exact replica of the Broadway production, including an intermission, said one of the people who has seen it.

News: FX Orders Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon Limited Series Starring Michelle Williams & Sam Rockwell From Lin-Manuel Miranda
Jul 24, 2018
News / Television Projects

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: FX is going big for its next limited series.

The cable network has greenlit Fosse/Verdon, an eight-episode limited series from Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda starring Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and four-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams. The series marks a major swing for FX after the cable network’s top producer — Ryan Murphy — exited his overall deal with corporate sibling 20th Century Fox TV for a $300 million pact with Netflix.

Based on Sam Wasson’s Fosse biography, the series tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Williams). He was a filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential chorographers and directors. She was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together, they changed the face of American entertainment — at a perilous cost. The series will feature Fosse’s choreography and explore the hidden corners of showbiz, the price of pursuing greatness and the suffering inflicted in the name of art.

Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen) will serve as showrunner and penned the pilot episode, which will be directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail. Kail, Levenson, Miranda, Rockwell, Williams and George Stelzner will exec produce the series, which is a co-production between Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Actress, dancer and producer Nicole Fosse, the daughter of Fosse and Verdon, will serve as co-exec producer and will oversee for The Verdon Fosse Legacy. Andy Blankenbuehler will co-produce the series. Production begins in the fall for a 2019 debut.

“My mother and father have one of the greatest love stories ever known,” Nicole Fosse said. “They were extremely complex people with an indestructible bond, loyalty and trust that endured both fantasy and reality. Finally, we have a creative team with the talent and wisdom to tell the story.”

The series comes as FX has been a dominant player in the limited series category, where the John Landgraf-led cable network has earned 204 nominations and 34 wins for series including American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story and Feud.

“We are over the moon about this dream team we’ve assembled for this incredible series,” said FX original programming president Nick Grad. “Tommy, Steven and Lin are the perfect team to tell the story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and we’re so thrilled to have Sam and Michelle playing these iconic roles.”

For Fox 21, the series is part of a larger push for cable and streaming as part of the Bert Salke-led studio. “Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon’s story is one of a fascinating, passionate love affair that gave birth to some truly remarkable cultural achievements, and to this day it has been largely untold,” he said. “In the capable hands of Steven, Tommy and Lin, with the vital creative input and imprimatur of their only daughter Nicole, this series is going to be a compelling look at these two icons as portrayed by the enormously talented Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. We’re very excited.”

Fosse/Verdon reunites Kail with Miranda following their collaborations on Hamilton and In the Heights. Said Kail, Levenson and Miranda in a joint statement: “Bob Fosse ignited a revolution in American dance, theater and film. But, in contrast to the well-worn myth of the visionary artist working in solitude, Fosse’s work would not have been possible without Gwen Verdon, the woman who helped to mold his style — and make him a star. We are honored to work with the incredible team at FX and Fox 21, and these two extraordinary actors, to tell the story of this remarkable couple, and the complicated, fascinating relationship between them.”

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda on TODAY Show interviewed by Savannah Guthrie
Jul 23, 2018
Video

Lin-Manuel Miranda sat down with Savannah Guthrie for a long interview to introduce the Flamboyan Arts Fund, the fund meant to boost the arts on Puerto Rico, and his upcoming projects.

Coverage: Lin-Manuel Miranda in Puerto Rico to present the Flamboyan Arts Fund
Jul 23, 2018
Interview / Public Appearances / Video

On Sunday, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the creation of the multi-million Flamboyan Arts Fund to help the Puerto Rico’s artists and art institutions by rebuilding galleries and theaters.
Check out the photos of the event in the Gallery, a video of the conference and a few interview in Spanish below!

 

 

 

 

Click on the picture to watch the video.

News: Lin-Manuel Miranda Presents Arts Fund for Puerto Rico
Jul 22, 2018
News

Lin-Manuel Miranda flew to Puerto Rico to to announce that he teamed up with the Flamboyan Foundation to create the Flamboyan Arts Fund, a fund meant to boost the arts on the island, since cultural and artistic groups have been hit especially hard. He said all funds from the upcoming “Hamilton” show that will be performed in Puerto Rico in January will be donated to the fund.

Under the cut, there’s an extensive report from Broadwayworld.

News: Lin-Manuel Miranda will direct Tick, Tick…Boom! movie
Jul 19, 2018
Movie Projects / News

DEADLINE: In what shapes up as a stage to film transfer with iconic Broadway talent, Imagine Entertainment has set Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to make his feature directorial debut on Tick, Tick…Boom! That is based on the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the late playwright behind the smash musical Rent. The Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen book writer Steven Levenson is aboard to write the screen adaptation. Miranda will produce alongside Imagine co-chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, along with Imagine’s Julie Oh. Larson’s sister Julie will be executive producer.

Miranda once starred in the Off-Broadway production of Tick, Tick…Boom! While he has been enjoying the results of his groundbreaking 11-Tony winning musical Hamilton and moving his career forward, this is the second project that taps into his formative stages to be set as a major movie musical. Miranda developed his first musical, In The Heights, while at Wesleyan University and saw it open on Broadway in 2008. He set the musical years ago at The Weinstein Company but was able to extricate it just before all those projects became frozen when TWC went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Fueled by Miranda’s music, script by book writer Quiara Alegría Hudes and a directing commitment from Crazy Rich Asians helmer Jon M. Chu, the musical was won by Warner Bros in a $50 million film deal after a multi-studio bidding battle.

Miranda has five companies performing Hamilton right now, and is reprising the title role — for the first time since Broadway — for three weeks in Puerto Rico to benefit Hurricane Maria Relief efforts. He also stars opposite Emily Blunt in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, opening Christmas Day with Rob Marshall directing.

Tick, Tick…Boom! first entered my life in college when I was lucky enough to snag a seat at the Jane Street Theater in 2001,” Miranda said. “Jonathan Larson’s captivating storytelling in Rent first taught me that musicals could be contemporary, true to life, and depict your own experiences. But it was Tick, Tick…Boom! that solidified that drive in me to hone my own voice as a playwright. On stage, playing the role of ‘Jon’ in 2014 was one of my most honored achievements. To now have the opportunity to make my film directorial debut, in collaboration with the Larson Family and this incredible creative team, and to adapt a work I love so deeply, is a humbling privilege. Together, we aim to honor Jonathan’s legacy and continue to position his work to inspire the next generation of storytellers.

Set in 1990, Tick, Tick…Boom! 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’s breakout was Rent, which won the Tony for Best Musical in 1996, and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama the same year (Miranda won those also for Hamilton 20 years later). Tragically, Larson died the night before the show’s first preview performance. Rent ultimately spent twelve years on Broadway, making it the 11th longest running show in Broadway history.

For Grazer and Howard, the story fit a common pursuit of theirs, reflecting that struggle for atom-splitting creative moments that create a cultural zeitgeist and launch great creative careers.

“From 8 Mile to Get On Up, I’ve always been personally drawn to stories that depict the perseverance and strength of character to follow one’s dreams,” Grazer said. “Jonathan Larson’s story is deeply moving and inspirational. Having the amazing talents and unique visions of Lin and Steven for the film adaptation is the perfect creative fit that adds to the project’s authenticity.

Said the Larson Estate: Our family is honored that Lin-Manuel Miranda will launch his directorial career interpreting Jonathan’s most personal work. Lin-Manuel and Steven both have a deep understanding of the piece, and we are so excited to see their vision realized. We hope that Jonathan’s story will resonate with a whole new generation of artists.”

Levenson similarly signed on because Larson’s work was such a formative influence as he was finding his voice. He wrote the book for Dear Evan Hansen, and his new play, Days of Rage, begins previews October 2018 at Second Stage Theater. Levenson is also adapting Everything Is Coming Up Profits by Steve Young for Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Marc Platt at Amblin.

“Seeing Rent for the first time, as a teenager in 1996, was one of the transformative experiences of my life,” Levenson said. “To have the opportunity, twenty-two years later, to work with Lin and the team at Imagine to adapt Tick, Tick… Boom! and tell Jonathan Larson’s remarkable story is a profound honor.”

Miranda and Levenson are represented by WME. The Larson Estate is represented by Paradigm and The Guzman Law Group.

News: Lin-Manuel Miranda joins Michelle Obama’s campaign When We All Vote
Jul 19, 2018
News / Stills/Screencaptures / Video

Michelle Obama is launching a nonpartisan voter registration initiative, When We All Vote, and for the first PSA she got the help of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Paul, Janelle Monáe, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Tom Hanks.
Check it out!

 

In Gallery, you can find the screen captures!


Also, All Hip Hop reports a statement from Miranda:

When each and every one of us votes, we make sure our government represents all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union. When we all vote, those who we elect pay attention.

News: Gmorning, Gnight! A book with Lin-Manuel Miranda uplifting tweets
Jul 17, 2018
News

The famous Lin-Manuel Miranda’s good morning and good night tweets are going to be collected in a book illustrated by Jonny Sun. Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You will be available on October 23 but we can already pre-order it.
Also, The Hollywood Reporter writes that “a portion of the proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations for education, literacy and other initiatives.”

News: Lin-Manuel Miranda gets a new Emmy nomination
Jul 12, 2018
News / Television Projects

Big news! Lin-Manuel Miranda got an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for the second year in a row!
After the nomination for hosting Saturday Night Live in 2016, he was nominated again this year for his guest appearance in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The other five nominees in the category are:

Sterling K. Brown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Bryan Cranston, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Katt Williams, Atlanta

Let’s revive the two episodes he was in with the stills and screen captures in our gallery!

   
   

Curb Your Enthusiasm (2017) > 9.09 “The Shucker” Stills
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2017) > 9.09 “The Shucker” Screencaptures
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2017) > 9.10 “Fatwa!” Stills
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2017) > 9.10 “Fatwa!” Screencaptures

News: Lin-Manuel Miranda on Nina’s World
Jul 11, 2018
News / Television Projects / Video

Lin-Manuel Miranda will be a guest on the Canadian-American animated children’s television series, Nina’s World, on a special on Friday, July 13th joining show regular Rita Moreno.
Check out a sneak peek of Miranda making music with sus amigos!