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News: Lin-Manuel Miranda contributed to album for families separated at the border
Oct 26, 2018
Gallery Update / Music Projects / News / Stills/Screencaptures

Laura Benanti created and produced ‘Singing You Home – Children’s Songs for Family Reunification’, a seven-track project, which supports non-profit Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services in addition to Artists Striving to End Poverty. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Laura Benanti, Kristin Chenoweth, Ingrid Michaelson, Mandy Gonzalez, Audra McDonald, Jason Robert Brown, Cynthia Erivo, Isabella Preston and Ana Villafañe have all contributed to the album, available now for downloading and streaming.
Ghostlight Records also shared a preview of a video in which we can see Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mandy Gonzalez recording their track, ‘Cielito Lindo’. [EDIT: Added a behind the scenes video and the screen captures in Gallery.]




Video: Everytown for Gun Safety PSA ‘Make a plan to Vote’
Oct 25, 2018
News / Video

Everytown for Gun Safety releases celeb-filled PSA for Election Day. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kevin Bacon, Michael J. Fox, Julianne Moore and many other stars encourage voters to “make a plan” for their trips to the ballot box so they can vote for “candidates who will actually do something about our country’s gun violence crisis” in next month’s midterm elections.
Check out the video and the screen captures in our Gallery.

This isn’t the only campaign Miranda participates in during the midterm elections: he is one o the faces of When We All Vote and, according to NBC Latino, “partnered with the Hispanic Federation to announce that Billboard Music award-winning artist Frankie Negrón reinvented the salsa classic “Mi Gente” (“My People”) from belated music icon and Fania All Stars’ Hector Lavoe into a jingle titled “Respeta Mi Gente” (“Respect My People”) — the same name of a non-partisan coalition that seeks to motivate tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans in Florida already registered to vote.”

Coverage: Lin-Manuel Miranda launches Coffee Development Initiative in Puerto Rico with the Hispanic Federation
Oct 24, 2018
Gallery Update / News / Public Appearances / Video

The Miranda Family teams up again with the Hispanic Federation to support the recovery of Puerto Rico: on October 24 was announced the launch of a five-year initiative to revitalize the island’s coffee sector. According to the press release, “the Hispanic Federation has made the first investment of $1 million. Nespresso has also committed $1 million, and The Rockefeller Foundation has given $500k. The Starbucks Foundation has given $470k, and Starbucks also donated 2 million high quality, climate-resilient coffee seeds. TechnoServe, an international non-profit with a long history of work in the coffee sector, will lead implementation of the program with a Puerto Rican-led team.”
Miranda visited a farm in Jayuya, check out the photos in Gallery and the video below. [EDIT: Added three more videos.]

To watch the video click here




Under the cut you can read a Miami Herald article.

Video: Mary Poppins Returns First Sneak Peak Footage
Oct 23, 2018
Movie Projects / Video

Disney shared a new special look at the music and magic of Mary Poppins Returns, on Dancing with the Stars. The footage has Mary singing for the Banks children and Jack warning one of them, as the nanny helself said to Mr Banks back in the days: “One thing you should know about Mary Poppins: she never explains anything.”

Coverage: Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Oct 18, 2018
Interview / Video

On Tuesday October 16, Lin-Manuel Miranda dropped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to discuss the U.K.’s very different reactions to the jokes Americans don’t laugh at in Hamilton, share some details about his reprisal of the lead role in a special run of the musical in Puerto Rico and explain newly released book, Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You.
Check out the interview below and the pictures in gallery.


There’s more: Miranda and Jonny Sun said hello from the show Instagram account.



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News: Gmorning, Gnight! Audiobook previews
Oct 16, 2018
Audio / News

October 16, 2018 is the day Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You is out! The book comes a week earlier than it was stated when it was announced in three formats: hardcover, ebook and audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. Buy the one you prefer on Penguin Random House.

Meanwhile, you can hear two previews of the audiobook shared by the British publisher Headline Books and by Vulture. The Variety one is a bit spoiler-y because it’s the introduction Lin-Manuel wrote specifically for the book, so if you don’t want to ruin your fun holding the book consider this a warning.


Under the cut you can read the text of the introduction shared by Vulture.

News: Anthony Ramos to Star in ‘In the Heights’ Movie and digital casting search
Oct 12, 2018
Movie Projects / News / Video


Anthony Ramos previously played the role of Usnavi in a concert presentation at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center.


EXCLUSIVE FROM Variety: Anthony Ramos, the “Hamilton” alum who recently appeared alongside Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born,” has found his next project.

Sources tell Variety that Ramos is in talks to re-team with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in the film adaptation of the 2005 Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

“In the Heights” follows the residents of largely Latino Upper Manhattan neighborhood Washington Heights – a bodega owner, a college student, a taxi driver, a beauty salon worker, and an old woman – aspire to better lives as gentrification begins to take hold, and a sweltering summer power blackout brings their personal life crises to a head. Quiara Alegría Hudes penning the script. “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon M. Chu is on board to direct, while Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders will produce.

Warner Bros. won the bidding war this May for the movie version of “In the Heights,” which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical. It had previously been set up at the Weinstein Company but was extricated last fall after the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal broke open.

Miranda wrote the music and lyrics and portrayed the lead role of Usnavi in “In the Heights.” He then created and starred in the smash sensation “Hamilton,” which won 11 Tonys in 2015.

Ramos, who originated the roles John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in “Hamilton” on Broadway, is co-starring in police brutality drama “Monsters and Men.” He can be seen next in Legendary’s “Godzilla: King of Monsters.” He also has the Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” which just finished shooting its second season.

“In the Heights” is set to release on June 26, 2020.

The movie director Jon M. Chu confirmed the news tweeting about it few times.

But there’s more! The production is holding a worldwide digital casting search for young talent to help bring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Tony-winning musical to the big screen. Warner Bros. is accepting submissions via Cast It Talent through November 7. Those who wish to audition are instructed to choose from one of four packets of sides and perform a provided scene and song on camera. Applicants are encouraged to be familiar with speaking Spanish. While the sides contain lines for Nina, Daniela, Usnavi, and Sonny, these are not necessarily the roles that performers will be considered for.

News: Prizeo Campagn #Ham4PR
Oct 1, 2018
News / Video

On Monday October 01, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Prizeo launched the new campaign, #Ham4PR, to support the Flamboyan Arts Fund, that Lin-Manuel and his family created in partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation to support institutions and arts groups as well as independent artists, musicians, galleries, etc. Entering, a lucky person can get the chance to see Miranda reprise his role in Hamilton in San Juan and meet him.
But let him explain it in the video and the note below.


From the moment a tour was announced for HAMILTON, I knew we were going to bring the show to Puerto Rico. To share this production in Puerto Rico and reprise the lead role means so much to me. More importantly, it’s an opportunity to revitalize the arts on the island, which, like so many other areas, have been devastated since Hurricane Maria. That’s why the producers of HAMILTON and I have partnered with the Flamboyan Foundation to create the Flamboyan Arts Fund and revitalize the cultural institutions, arts organizations, independent artists, and more that are in need during the recovery. But to do this, I need your help!

When you donate $10, you’ll be entered to win a trip for you and a friend to come to San Juan (travel and hotel for 3 nights are on us) for Opening Night of HAMILTON and meet me and the cast at the after-party. I’ll also make sure you take home an autographed, framed photo of us to commemorate this amazing trip. If you want to donate more, you’ll earn extra entries to win, get some cool HAMILTON merch, and further support this initiative that is so close to my family’s heart.

So let’s help revitalize the arts in Puerto Rico. I’ll see one of you on opening night!



Podcast: Simple Pleasures by Yotam Ottolenghi
Sep 27, 2018

On August 13, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared on Twitter that he and his wife, Vanessa Nadal, had a Sunday brunch with chef Yotam Ottolenghi, trying some of his new recipes.
Today on iTunes is available an episode of his podcast, Simple Pleasures, with the two of them talking about how they balance their family life with their own personal pursuits.

News: The September Hamildrop is “A Forgotten Spot (Olvidado)” by Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto, Ivy Queen, PJ Sin Suela & Lucecita Benitez
Sep 20, 2018
Music Projects / News

On September 20, for the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Lin-Manuel Miranda gave us an Hamildrop sung by artists from Puerto Rico: Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto, Ivy Queen, PJ Sin Suela and Lucecita Benitez.
A Forgotten Spot (Olvidado)‘ is available for download and streaming.