Lin Manuel Miranda song is a Lin Manuel Miranda song. Seriously, this sounds like an ‘In The Heights’ B-side, and I’m totally fine with that.
Newsies opens tonight on Broadway. Lin Manuel will be there.
Adult Swim and Ars Nova announced that they will produce a pilot based on the New York-based freestyle hip-hop crew, Freestyle Love Supreme, featuring group co-founder and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights).
Based on the stage show of the same name created by Thomas Kail (In the Heights, Lombardi) and Anthony Veneziale (“Trauma,” “The Electric Company”), the single-camera pilot will star Miranda and Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Danni Lowinski”), with Veneziale and Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (“The Electric Company”).
The pilot will feature original music by Miranda and composer-producer Bill Sherman (2008 Tony and Grammy Award for In the Heights, music director for PBS’ “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company”).
Considering theyr’e an improv freestyle group, I wonder how much of the show will be improvised. Right now I’m imagining Curb meets Flight of the Conchords but hip hop. Which sounds awesome.
Lin Manuel Miranda posted a backstage video of what the process was like to write the closing rap during the show. With guest appearances from Nikki M James and NPH.
With video above to boot. Dropping the mic was icing on the cake.
Tomorrow, if anyone asks you what happened at the Tonys, you can say this:
We straightened things out in the opening number, Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey took home awards for their hilarious performances in “The Normal Heart.”
Daniel Radcliffe kicked some butt, and we were so elated
Even Voldemort was sad he wasn’t nominated
Norbert Leo Butz sang and danced and tried to catch ya, comin’ atcha,
Chasing Trey and Casey ‘cause they nabbed a Tony statue
Commencing in the Chattanooga station
From the grand imagination of the Kander-Ebb collaboration
It takes a lot for a recipient to humble me
But everybody cried for gorgeous Nikki James, the bumblebee
Andrew Rannells sang “I Believe” and he landed it
So well now he’s Mitt Romney’s V.P. candidate
All across the country, from the north and to the south
They’re saying Brooke’s a hottie with a crazy potty mouth
John Larroquette brought an eloquent mood to the room
I’m still imagining him at home in his Fruit-of-the-Looms
Spider-Man and Mary-Jane gave us perspective here
They sang a ballad, we didn’t need protective gear
Patina Miller’s nun sang “Raise Your Voice” with cheer
And “Memphis” is relentless, they’re performing every year
“The Normal Heart” won, Larry Kramer made us weep
And “War Horse” dazzled us with a theatrical sweep
Sutton Foster never lost her knack
For talking smack
And tapping a full-on assault attack
I’m awesome, Hugh Jackman, take that
Go ahead and roll the credits if you need to
I’m out of control, I’m on a roll, this is my Tonys speed-through
“Anything Goes” took the best revival prize in stride
We didn’t see it, we were singing “Side By Side By Side.”
McDormand loves her job, Sutton Foster won again
Paul Shaffer sang and suddenly it started raining men
Mark Rylance runs at fences, he’s won the Tony twice
That guy can do it all, his follow-up is “Fanny Bryce.”
Norbert Butz and “Mormon” swept the floor,
Won even more awards than “War Horse”
Par for the course,
Someone get a car for the horse
And in the final analysis, what survives tonight?
Theater, because it’s what we live, we’re changing some lives tonight
And theater thrives because we live to give it, so to speak
This ain’t reality TV, this is eight shows a week
Every chorus member that you saw tonight tappin’
Had to make miracles happen
For a chance to see you clappin’
And applauding in the audience. What’s next? Who knows?
Anything goes. Now go see a ____________ Broadway show.
Thank you, good night.
(Source: The New York Times)
The Tony-winning musical In the Heights has set a closing date of January 9, 2011. The show’s composer and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to the role of Usnavi for the final two weeks of the run, beginning Christmas Day. In the Heights will have played 1,185 performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre upon closing.
Bring It On, the previously reported new musical by award-winning composers Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), is almost ready to shake its pom-poms. Miranda reported to Broadway.com that the musical adaptation of the hit 2000 cheerleading flick is finished. “It’s going great,” he tells us. “We just started working with actors, so that’s when the real work begins.”
Will the new show resemble Miranda’s rap-flavored In the Heights score? “It’s really a mash-up of me and Tom Kitt,” Miranda says of the show’s musical style. “It’s a mash-up of pop, R&B and hip-hop. The show is designed to make teenagers’ heads explode. It’ll be a lot of fun.”
Bring it On: The Musical will also feature a book by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) and lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity) with In the Heights’ choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler directing. The show will premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre.
I think the simple idea of a Bring It On Broadway musical is enough to make heads explode.
L’Chaim! In the Heights’ Lin-Manuel Miranda Surprises His Bride on Their Wedding Day With Flash Mob Style Performance | Broadway.com
Flash Mob America and over 300 fans celebrated the Los Angeles arrival of IN THE HEIGHTS (the Tony-Winning Best Musical) by surprising the creator and star of the show, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and dancing to the song “96,000”
This Broadway musical, about home, family, and finding where you belong, is Celebrating its L.A. Premiere at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre for 5 weeks only, June 22 — July 25!
(via flashmobamerica, ONTD)
Lin’s approval rhyme:
Now as for Corbin Bleu, chalk it up to ambition. The dude came in and straight SMASHED his audition. But can he “hold the flow?” Well, I know the part, I did it. We’d NEVER cast someone unless they proved that they could spit it. When he came in the room, I ain’t think that he would get it. He won us over, pa. You can tell the haters I said it. Now THIS is sensitive, and I’m hesitant to begin again But I’m a Puerto Rican-Mexican; I PLAYED Dominican. And everyone’s from everywhere, we are reppin’ so many things Andrea’s Venezuelan and Jewish, Karen’s like twenty things So yes, I see your point, but ethnicity’s just a factor They’ve gotta play the part: in the end, dude is an ACTOR. Javi is amazing. Jon Rua is too. Michael Balderrama makes the drama ring true. They’re big footsteps; I wrote a really big shoe. This one is Lin-approved: Mr. Corbin Bleu.
I can hear that in his voice in my head.