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Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 On Campus, Misses Wes

This just in from Wesleying’s faithful Idaho correspondent Keelin Ryan ’14:

Lin-Manual Miranda ’02 [In The Heights creator, all-around badass] is on campus to visit my playwriting class. Also, Emma just ran into him at Neon Deli and he’s going to tweet a picture of the two of them to Susan Blackwell.

So, err, yeah. Apparently Miranda is especially fond of Olin (he tweeted the above image with the caption “Oh, Lin at Olin! #ImatWesbitches“). He also hashtagged “#IwishIcouldgobacktocollege #WhycantIgobacktocollege” (aww) and posted a picture of “the tree is (sic) Casa, where I wrote of Heights sophomore year.” Nostalgia much?

Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps About Alexander Hamilton (Again)

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, whose rap on Alexander Hamilton received a standing ovation from POTUS and FLOTUS at the White House’s evening of Poetry, Music and the Spoken Word in May 2009 (video link), has been taking his act further. He performed recently to rave reviews at the Lincoln Center’s new season of the American Songbook series dedicated to “the celebration of popular American song.”

The show, directed by fellow Wes alum and In the Heights director Thomas Kail ’99 and performed on Hamilton’s 255th birthday, included “a primer on some of the Hip-Hop songs that left an indelible imprint on [Miranda’s] sound, soul and psyche” (starting off with Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind mashed up with Billy Joel and Sondheim, whoa) and 12 songs from work-in-progress “The Alexander Hamilton Mixtape,” according to an enthusiastic report from the Uptown Collective.

Broadway star Gavin Creel played King George, in a Burger King-esque crown. Awesome.

Check out Miranda’s interview with Forbes for more on how he became interested in Alexander Hamilton and this recent interview with The New York Times for news on what he’s currently working on (a musical adaptation of Chaim Potok’s 1972 Novel My Name is Asher Lev) and his dream project, “a musical about the 24-hour news channel NY1” that would feature Next to Normal star Aaron Tveit as newspaper-reading news anchor Pat Kiernan.


Lin-Manuel Miranda to appear on Modern Family

Tony award-winning Broadway musical with a movie adaptation in the works, check. Grammy award win, check. Co-founding a improvisational hip-hop comedy group that does really fun and dynamic shows, including one on our own campus last year, check. Sharing screentime on a popular medical drama with no less than HUGH LAURIE, check. Gig at The White House, check.

Ah, Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02. I love so much about the things that you choose to be (do?). And now, fresh from the Twitterverse, confirmation that he will soon guest star on one of everyone’s my current fa vourite television shows, Modern Family.


Lin-Manuel Miranda raps at the White House

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 performed at the White House evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word in May, which was a big deal.

Now here’s a video of it, in which he raps about Alexander Hamilton in the voice of Aaron Burr. So dope.

Watch Barack and Michelle snap along, and give Lin a standing ovation at the end.

[Thanks to Jesse Bordwin ’10 and Jesse Ross-Silverman for the tip.]

Lin-Manuel Miranda Does “West Side Story”

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 is keeping busy adapting a fresh Broadway revival of “West Side Story”, translating much of the musical’s original dialogue and song lyrics into Spanish:

In his own musical Mr. Miranda struggled to balance English and Spanish; he said that, surprisingly, the amount of Spanish doubled between the Off Broadway and Broadway productions. In the song “Breathe,” he noted, when one of the characters returns home confused after dropping out of college, her friends sing about how she has always been the star of the neighborhood.

“It’s much more visceral to hear them sing in Spanish,” said Mr. Miranda, dressed in a hooded blue sweatshirt from Wesleyan, where he first started writing “In the Heights.”

New York Times: A Changed ‘West Side Story’ Returns to a Changed New York
Washington Post: A Bilingual Return to National Theatre Stage

J.Lo Looking To Reach New "Heights"

The New York Post reports that J.Lo is said to be courting producers about possibly staring in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” either on Broadway or in the upcoming movie version. A friend close to Lopez said that she may be more inclined to star in the movie version as “Broadway shows are exhausting and time consuming.” Interestingly, both Miranda and Lopez are born and bred New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent.

Thanks to Liza Conrad ’11 for the tip.

Universal Producing "In the Heights" Movie

It’s been a great year for Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 – after having won a bunch of Tonys for “In the Heights“, which he wrote the first draft of while a sophomore at Wes, and which opened on Broadway earlier this year, he’s sold the film rights of the musical to Universal Studios, who will probably make an international monster hit out of it:

Set over three days in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, In The Heights is an exhilarating musical journey into one of New York’s most vibrant communities, where the lives of three generations come together in an unforgettable story of hope and self-discovery.

“In The Heights is a musical rich with storyline and characters that transcend the setting in which they are cast to entertain and speak to audiences from all walks of life,” said Donna Langley, President of Production for Universal Pictures. “We are thrilled to be working with Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring this fantastic story to the big screen.”

“Nearly nine years into my journey with Heights, I remain constantly humbled by all the opportunities we have been given. I am thrilled to work with Universal and help bring this story to millions of people around the world,” said Miranda.

The original Broadway producers of the show, Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Jill Furman, will executive produce the movie, and Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the Tony-nominated book for the show, will be writing the screen adaptation for the film.

Miranda will will probably be reprising his starring role in the movie, though no official casting had been done yet. He’ll also be producing along with Meryl Poster, who supervised the film version of “Chicago” as an executive at Miramax.

I’m having a little Entourage moment writing this up right now, awesome, Wesleyan, for having some claim to this.

Broadway World: In the Heights to be a Big Screen Musical
Variety: Universal gets “In the Heights” rights