- Since the triumph of his 2015 musical smash ‘Hamilton,’ the Broadway star and creator has been in great demand.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rapid rise has been nothing short of brilliant.
With ‘Tick, Tick Boom!’ Miranda makes his directorial debut; Louis Chilton wonders why a man of such evident skill yet irritates so many people. Hamilton, a hip-hop-infused musical about the foundation of the United States banking system, was a massive hit on Broadway, becoming one of the most talked-about musicals in musical theatre history.
Unlike Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked or Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton also included its creator as a performer. Miranda obtained a Tony nomination and a Hollywood acting career by singing, rapping, dancing, and glowering.
Following that came roles in Mary Poppins Returns and His Dark Materials, plus many guest spots on shows ranging from Saturday Night Live to Curb Your Enthusiasm to the animated comedy BoJack Horseman.
Miranda, 41, is a rare example of a Latino reaching the upper fame, success, and popularity in Hollywood and Broadway. She is of Puerto Rican also Mexican origin and was born in New York.
He’s established himself as one of the most enduring pop culture personalities of the last ten years. As a composer, he has worked on the Disney success Moana, the Netflix animation Vivo, and the upcoming Disney film Encanto.
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He also directed the film version of his debut musical, In the Heights, and is currently working on a film adaptation of The Little Mermaid alongside Alan Menken. He’s also just released his first feature film, a remake of Jonathan Larson’s 1990 musical Tick, Tick Boom! Starring Andrew Garfield, which had a limited theatrical run before being picked up by Netflix.
Miranda is a tremendous musical theatre talent, a Renaissance performer with limitless ambition. As a result, it’s odd that he’s also become one of those celebrities that some people despise.
Since Hamilton’s popularity, he’s become one of those celebrities, like James Corden or Chris Pratt, who can be ridiculed on social media. In one of the more extensive and eviscerating hits at Miranda, writer Ishmael Reed made him the focus of his 2019 play The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda, which depicted Miranda being confronted by spirits from American history.
Source: Independent News