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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.


Thomas Kail Studies Broke-ology

Thomas Kail ’99, director of “In the Heights” and college buddy/collaborator of Lin-Manuel Miranda, was praised in the Boston Globe for his work directing another current play, “Broke-ology”:

Director Thomas Kail, fresh from the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” demonstrates an equal affinity for the nuances and rhythms of this tightly focused family drama.

Kail’s two assignments – big Broadway musical, four-character play in a black box – are less disparate than they might sound. Both “In the Heights” and “Broke-ology” focus on what it means to grow up in a poor but cohesive community, to leave it and to return to those who stayed behind, and to find a balance between honoring family ties and honoring oneself.

Boston Globe: ‘Broke-ology’ looks at complex family life

Thanks to Alissa Greenberg ’08 for the tip.