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I learned that I really enjoy making musical films with ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ : Lin-Manuel Miranda, famous composer of ‘Hamilton’


There are movies, there are musicals and then there are musical movies, the happy bridge between two genres that Lin-Manuel Miranda found in his directorial debut “Tick, Tick… ​​Boom! which tells the story of playwright-songwriter Jonathan Larson Making film about his hero since he was a teenager was beyond his wildest dreams and also inspired him to work on other musical films, Miranda, the talent to multiple traits behind the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” says PTI. But the actor-director-composer-lyricist also feels the urge to get back to his piano and write.

“I want to do more movies, but I also have to get back to my piano and I can’t wait to do a lot of both,” Miranda said in a Zoom interview.

I loved directing this film. I learned that I really enjoy making musical films. So if I could make more musical films I would be very happy, ” added the 41-year-old who has won a Pulitzer, Grammy, Emmy and Tony in his career.

Making the film version of Larson’s autobiographical play was a happy coincidence. Miranda said he saw ‘Rent’ (a Larson rock musical) when he was 17 and saw an off-Broadway production of ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ at age 21, both leaving lasting impressions.

“I remember when I saw ‘Rent’ for the first time, all I wanted was to put it somewhere. I was like, “Can I do a production in college? Can I go and write the parts … ‘I was so inspired by the show …’ The adaptation of the stage to the screen, with Andrew Garfield playing young Larson, tells the story of an aspiring composer in New York, feared he had made the wrong career choice and faced the pressures of love and friendship.

Larson died of aortic dissection at the age of 35 in 1996, on the day of the first premiere of “Rent” off Broadway.

Larson has been more than an inspiration figure for Miranda for most of his career and he credits ” Tick, Tick … Boom! ” For giving her clarity at the age of 21. “ I had just decided to be a theater major and this guy here is trying to do exactly what I want to do with my life and it looks like it’s pretty hard. But it was also very enlightening for me. As difficult as the questions he faced, it was very clear that this was a calling.

“And I felt a similar call. I just hope this meets people wherever they live and not necessarily just artists, but people who are wondering ‘what am I supposed to do with my time’? ” It’s like s ‘he had pursued Larson his entire career, Miranda said.

“And so making my directorial debut telling his side of his story feels really special to me. And it’s like a great privilege and honor.” “Tick…”, which started airing on Netflix on November 19 also gave Miranda the opportunity to pay homage to another icon – Stephen Sondheim, the great American songwriter and lyricist whose works include the lyrics to ‘West Side Story’, ‘Gypsy’. , ” Sweeney Todd ” and ” Into the Woods ”.

Sondheim, who died on November 26, was a champion of Larson’s work and encouraged Miranda and many other aspiring songwriters into the theater. In the film, his character makes an appearance with Sondheim himself making his presence as the voice on the answering machine.

Like the rest of the world, Miranda also mourns the loss of Sondheim. “His legacy encouraged so many young artists, including me,” he said.

“Tick…”, with Garfield’s stunning centerpiece performance, has been called Miranda’s best work since “Hamilton,” the hit Broadway show about American founding father Alexander Hamilton. It was later made into a movie with the show’s 2016 production filmed for Disney +.

Miranda said that the success of “Tick…” also helped her reconnect with old friends.

I hear from kids I went to high school with. I heard from my high school girlfriend who took me to “rent” for my 17th birthday. She texted me over the weekend … I hear people who don’t work in the theater … ” In her opinion, “Tick …” is not a musical on a guy writing a masterpiece, it’s about a guy who spends his 20s writing a musical that still hasn’t been produced to this day.

Miranda said he knew Garfield was perfect to play Larson the moment he spotted the “Spider-Man” actor in a theatrical production of “Angels in America” in London.

“ I knew I needed a theater pro to play Jonathan Larson because Jonathan Larson lived and breathed theater and I knew I needed an actor who could play those real moments and who was also going accompany him on the piano and sing scary songs on turn 30 to an entire theater, ”he recalls.

Miranda said Garfield was “so fearless and so open on this scene” that he just knew the actor had the ability “to be incredibly intense”, and yet you’re always on the side and still shooting for him. .

I just knew he was my guy, and I wasn’t sure if he could sing or not. I just felt like he could do anything. It was a wonderful collaboration. ” The composer, who also wrote music and songs for the animated musicals’ ‘Moana’ ‘and’ ‘Encanto’ ‘and worked with Rob Marshall on’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ ‘(2018) in addition to producing’ ‘Fosse / Verdon’ ‘and will then work on Halle Bailey-starrer’ ‘The Little Mermaid’ ‘, is happy’ ‘Hamilton’ ‘is now accessible to people beyond New York or the theater.

“We’re like chefs, you have to come into our theater and we serve the meal 1,300 seats at a time,” he said, crediting Thomas Kail for the great job filming “Hamilton” in 2016.

“… Hopefully Hamilton’s success on this platform gets more people filming their shows because that only increases audiences for the theater,” Miranda said.

Musicals seem to have made a big comeback in Hollywood and a lot of credit goes to Miranda for making the genre popular with ‘Hamilton’.

As someone who grew up in the ’80s, a “tough time for live-action musicals in the United States,” Miranda said he felt truly grateful to be working in film at a time when people were re-creating musicals.

“This year alone, there have been so many musicals in Hollywood, and I think it can remain healthy as a genre if we continue to embrace the diversity of it,” he said, giving examples of it. ‘”Annette”. , ‘Dear Evan Hanson’, ‘Tic, Tic … Boom! and “West Side Story”.

“As long as we kind of continue to broaden the scope of the kind of stories musicals can tell, I think there is no limit to the health of the genre,” Miranda said.

The difficulty with writing musicals, according to the songwriter, is that they always have to adapt so that everyone can see them.

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