For Steven Spielberg, who grew up obsessed by "West Side Story" and its legendary soundtrack, the excitement when rehearsals began for his own version were almost more than he could handle.
"I did jump out of my chair, singing out of key and dancing like I had three left feet," he told a press conference this week.
"This was the most delightful family affair I've had since E.T."
The tragic love story of Tony and Maria -- set against racially charged gang rivalry in New York -- has been an American cultural milestone since it first appeared on Broadway in 1957 and as a film four years later.
It’s not entirely clear when (or if) Lin-Manuel Miranda sleeps, but really, that’s his personal business. In his very productive waking hours, Miranda has seemingly not stopped creating since moving on from starring in his blockbuster show, Hamilton, in 2016. Since then, he’s produced the filmed version of that show for Disney+ as well as a film adaptation of his first musical, In the Heights; contributed music to two animated films (Vivo and Encanto); and is in post-production on an upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. In the midst of all of that, Miranda found his way to the director’s chair for the first time, helming the screen adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s semi-biographical musical tick, tick…BOOM, now in select theaters and streaming on Netflix. And it turns out, he’s capable of making a pretty decent movie musical, particularly one originally written by a man who, until his untimely death in 1996, might have turned out to be a Lin-Manuel Miranda thirty years before Lin-Manuel Miranda himself.
In this week’s Sunday Sitdown, Lin-Manuel Miranda joins Willie Geist to discuss how "Hamilton" started out as the “preposterous idea” of telling a story about the founding of the nation with a Black and Latin cast and hip-hop music. Miranda tears up recalling the pivotal moment in his life when he saw Jonathan Larson’s musical “Rent” on Broadway and how he is paying tribute to Larson in his directorial debut with the new film “Tick, Tick… Boom!” starring Andrew Garfield.Nov. 21, 2021.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Introduces ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ Youth Theater Music Video. Netflix released a music video of students from performing arts public high schools in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas and New York performing “Louder than Words” from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Tick, Tick … Boom!,” the film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s musical of the same name.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is very busy working on movies, writing the music for two films, and getting ready to make his directorial debut with another film. The Broadway star will discuss all of them this weekend in Willie Geist's Sunday Sitdown, and reflect on the lasting impact of "Hamilton."Nov. 20, 2021.
Jonathan Larson is someone who writes like he is running out of time. That’s the underlying message of “30/90,” the first song in his original musical Tick, Tick … Boom and an energized ballad about the theatrical composer’s worries that he hasn’t accomplished enough—at the age of 30. As he hammers away at a piano, Larson notes that his idol, the composer Stephen Sondheim, contributed to his first Broadway show at the age of 27. Meanwhile, Larson is still toiling in obscurity, living in an unheated loft in early-’90s New York and trying to break through in the world of theater.
For his debut as a film director, Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda turned to some unlikely source material - an unfinished one-man show by the late Jonathan Larson. The composer and lyricist of the groundbreaking 1990s musical Rent, Larson was a force of nature. Tall, gangly, with a mess of black hair and ambition to burn.
Lin-Manuel Miranda creates his ode to struggling artists in the new Netflix film “tick..tick..BOOM!” Based on Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical of the same name, the film explores the failures that eventually led to the creation of “Rent.”. I spoke with Miranda about his passion for making “tick…tick…BOOM!,” his creative ally...
Lin-Manuel Miranda concludes his domination of 2021 movie musicals with the droll, vibrant "Encanto." Following "In the Heights," which he wrote and appeared in, and the animated "Vivo," in which he starred, "Encanto" (for which he wrote the music) is a buoyant fairy tale set in Colombia. Its main character is Mirabel Madrigal, whose family members all look a bit like the late Olympia Dukakis. Each has a special power that was revealed to them when they came of age — except Mirabel. She feels like the odd one out because she doesn't have the super strength or speed that various family members use, as her grandmother says, "to serve this community and strengthen their hope."
Following Lin-Manuel Miranda’s widespread success in Broadway as the playwright behind the acclaimed In The Heights and the musical phenomenon musical phenomenon Hamilton, he has begun to shift his career over to the movies. In 2016, Miranda brought his talents to Disney Animation with Moana, and his second musical with the studio, Encanto, hits theaters this coming week. But his experience this time around is much different from the previous one.
Stepping behind the camera for the first time, Miranda is the perfect choice to adapt Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick… Boom! and he combines his experience and skill staging dance, music, action and romance to liberate the story from the stage, adding color without losing autobiographical appeal. It’s five years before...
Broadway playwright, composer, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda has earned numerous accolades including three Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for his musicals “In the Heights” and “Hamilton.”. With the premiere of his new movie “Tick, Tick…Boom!” Miranda makes his feature film directorial debut in a full circle...
What busy times it’s been at the movies this year for Lin-Manuel Miranda. The multi-hyphenate’s very first Broadway musical — “In the Heights” — premiered its big screen version last June. This November the “Hamilton” creator made his feature film directing debut with the semi-autobiographical Jonathan Larson musical “Tick. Tick. … Boom!”
Lin-Manuel Miranda marked the release of his feature film directorial debut by turning the spotlight over to emerging young performers. The “Hamilton” creator unveiled a music video last week for “Louder Than Words,” a ballad that appears in his new film, “Tick, Tick... Boom!” The track ― performed by Andrew Garfield, Joshua Henry and Vanessa Hudgens in the movie ― has been reimagined by students from performing arts public high schools in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas and New York.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has no good reason to be nervous about writing songs for a Disney movie, but he is. For starters, this isn't his first go-round with the House of Mouse -- the actor-playwright previously penned songs for the Polynesian-focused tale "Moana" in 2016, earning him a best original song Oscar nomination for "How Far I'll Go." Two years later, Miranda would play the chimney-sweeping Jack in the musical sequel "Mary Poppins Returns," and in 2020 the Disney+ streaming service would pick up the live stage recording of pop culture hijacker "Hamilton," for which Miranda wrote the script,...
When Jonathan Larson’s Rent debuted on Broadway in 1996, there was one thing all audiences could agree on: It was a totally unorthodox entry into the world of musical theater. The show jeered at the very notion of conventional storytelling. Its musical numbers were scrappy and loose. It embraced awkward pauses and performances. Most significantly, it unabashedly presented those affected by the AIDS epidemic with optimism and humanity in a time when vilification was far more common. And it was utterly beloved.
Following the phenomenal success of Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the most in-demand musical talents in entertainment. He wrote all the music for the new Walt Disney Animation Studios feature Encanto, his second go-round with the studio following Moana. He clearly enjoys working with Disney, but it sounds like working on a Disney movie is even more work than creating a hit Broadway musical because of the way the story and the music can change and evolve over time even more than Broadway.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, wearing his heart on his fall sweater sleeve, pauses to admit a musical fear. He had penned seven songs for his newest movie, Disney’s “Encanto,” but still needed to create that staple of so many musicals: the lead character introducing a driving desire through tune. “The song I’m...