To those of you who only know Lin-Manuel Miranda from Hamilton , you know him as a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean, but he’s really so much more than that. A person that creative can’t be hemmed into one project for that long — he’s been working on Hamilton for the better part of two years. That’s why rumors began to swirl a few months ago that Lin-Manuel would leave his lauded production for greener, or at least different pastures. When is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s last Hamilton performance?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Miranda was inspired to write the hip-hop musical after reading Ron Chernow’s biography of the founding father. The show got its legs at the Public Theater in New York before coming to Broadway, and now it’s the hottest ticket in town. And, clamor for tickets has gotten even louder in the wake of reports of Miranda's departure. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miranda "has told confidants he will depart the show July 9 to work on other projects." Bustle has reached out to Lin-Manuel Miranda for comment, but has yet to receive a response. Still, the New York Post reports that the average price for a Hamilton ticket to Miranda’s alleged last show is $4,798.97. That’s not for a group package. That’s per seat, and that’s insane. Miranda is a huge part of the show, but the show can and will go on without him. Miranda may be allegedly leaving, but his legacy will live on. And, he's got a lot of exciting projects on the horizon.
Set to be released Thanksgiving of 2016, Moana tells the tale of Moana, a young girl who sets sail in search of a fabled island in the South Pacific. Miranda was tapped to write the music for the film, but there’s no work yet on whether or not there will be raps about sea turtles or Maori warriors. I highly doubt it.
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns
Disney is really feeling Miranda these days, huh? It was recently announced that Miranda would star opposite Emily Blunt (in the title role) in the new live-action version of the classic Mary Poppins. According to Broadway.com, he’ll play Jack, a lamplighter — not Dick Van Dyke’s classic Bert. This new film is “not a direct remake,” so I’m sure we’ll see some creative wordplay on behalf of this new lamplighter. I can’t wait to see Miranda and Blunt on screen together.
In The Heights — The Movie
Miranda was first noticed on the Broadway scene when he wrote In The Heights, a musical inspired by his life growing up in Spanish Harlem. The musical was indeed Tony-nominated, and I’m sure that Hamilton has stirred up more interest in Miranda’s back catalog. Variety reports that Miranda will produce the project, and The Weinstein Company is footing the bill. And don’t worry, fans of the musical — it should be pretty true to form, as Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the book for the musical, is also writing the screenplay.
I am looking forward to seeing something of his I can actually get tickets to!
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