On November 27, Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote his movie Mary Poppins Returns and DeGeneres challenged him to a holiday-themed edition of Taste Buds, asking him to identify Thanksgiving foods like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie while blindfolded to raise money for the Flamboyan Arts Fund.
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On Tuesday, November 27, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a new video clip for the November Hamildrop, Cheering For Me Now, a beautiful behind the scene where we can see him recording the song with John Kander and Alex Lacamoire.
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Also, they have Lin-Manuel explain you Broadway slang in a video! [EDIT: Added a behind the scene video from the photoshoot.]
The piece starts describing the first image of Mary Poppins Returns, that is all about Miranda apparently.
The first image you see in Mary Poppins Returns is a gas flame dancing in an old-fashioned street lamp, just before dawn. It’s an apt way to start the movie, which, more than half a century later, means to rekindle the spirit of Walt Disney’s 1964 adaptation of the P. L. Travers children’s books. Some would argue (well, I would) that the original Mary Poppins is the greatest of Walt Disney pictures—Disney, the actual man and studio head—so that crafting a sequel is a Herculean and possibly foolish task. Blame or salute director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods), screenwriter David Magee (Life of Pi), and songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). But here we are.
The second thing you see in Mary Poppins Returns is a close-up of Lin-Manuel Miranda, tending the flame literally and figuratively as a Cockney lamplighter named Jack. Those of us happy just to have had tickets in the rear balcony when we saw Hamilton, the epochal hip-hop musical Miranda wrote and starred in on Broadway, or In the Heights, his first show and the rare Broadway hit with Latin music actually written by Latinos, may not have realized how expressive his big brown eyes are, especially on a movie screen. Here, with his face shorn of its customary beard and mustache, those eyes, no longer counterbalanced by whiskers, look almost ridiculously, Keane-ian large. They’ve been unleashed, like a pair of excited puppies—adorable and up for anything. In tandem with the gaslight, they seem meant to welcome us into the magical, innocent, sentimental world of Mary Poppins Returns, and they give us the first hint that this thing might work.
We are just a few weeks away from the release of Mary Poppins Returns. Now, the soundtrack, which Walt Disney Records will release on December 7, can pre-ordered here, but it’s not enough! Available online there are the first two songs: The Place Where Lost Things Go, performed by Emily Blunt, and Trip a Little Light Fantastic, performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Check out the two versions of Miranda songs on Youtube and the shorted version on Spotify as well.