Cheat Sheet: Six Things We Learned about Lin-Manuel Miranda & Hamilton Today

first_imgThe New Yorker just published 8,000 words about In the Heights Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is currently the talk of the town for his new history-soaked musical Hamilton, now in previews at the Public Theater. Until you have time to plow through the story yourself, we offer six interesting things we learned about the Broadway favorite:1. He First Met Hamilton Poolside in MexicoMiranda bought the inspiration for Hamilton, Ron Chernow’s biography Alexander Hamilton, on impulse while vacationing with now-wife Vanessa Nadal. The fascinating story of the founding father of the U.S. immediately reminded him of his dad Luis Miranda…and Tupac Shakur.2. He Showed Barack Everything He HadMiranda famously performed “The Hamilton Mixtape” for President Barack Obama (see below) on May 12, 2009. Although he said it was part of a larger “concept album” he was working on, it was the only song that he’d actually written at the time. The song now opens Hamilton and is performed by Leslie Odom Jr. as Vice President Aaron Burr. Related Shows Star Files Hamilton (Off-Broadway) View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 3. He Helped Get Eliot Spitzer ElectedWhile on summer breaks from high school, Miranda worked for MirRam Group, his dad’s political consulting company, writing jingles for TV commercials for politicians. One of his subjects was none other than Eliot Spitzer during his successful 2006 campaign for New York Governor. Interestingly, Hamilton found himself embroiled in a sex scandal that tarnished his political career, just like Spitzer’s love of hookers.4. He’s Aiming for Fantine-Sized TearsOne of his musical inspirations for Hamilton is another historical rouser, Les Miserables. “I really got my Les Miz on in this score, like being really smart about where to reintroduce a theme,” he says. “In terms of how to access your tear ducts, nothing does it better than that show.”5. He Relates to the PhantomAs a kid, Miranda first saw Les Miz with his parents and admits to sleeping through much of it. But when he saw The Phantom of the Opera, he took notice: “I was, like, ‘Oh, shit!’ Because it’s about an ugly songwriter who wants to impose his will on the world. I related to that.” (Phantom composer Andrew Lloyd Webber tweeted his love of Hamilton earlier today, leaving Miranda speechless on Facebook: “I um. Um.”).6. He Went the Cocky RouteWhile writing Hamilton, Miranda couldn’t decide if he’d play the titular hero or Aaron Burr, the rival who ultimately [19th century spoiler!] kills him in a New Jersey duel, saying he relates to both men equally. But as Hamilton, he says, “I get to be cockier than I really am; I get to be smarter than I really am; I get to be more impulsive than I really am. It’s taking the reins off your id for two and a half hours.”Read the entire New Yorker feature by Rebecca Mead here. Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Flying Eagles Confident of Overcoming Guinea Bissau

first_imgThe U20 National Team, Flying Eagles, fancy their chances of reaching the next round of the qualification series for the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations when they face their Guinea Bissau counterparts at the Udoukaha Jacob Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday.Seven-time African champions Nigeria were forced to a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Bissau last weekend, with Enyimba FC’s Wasiu Alalade netting a first-half brace before the hosts levelled in the second period.The Guinea Bissau contingent arrived in Lagos on Wednesday night and will fly into the Cross River State capital on Friday, while match officials from Togo are scheduled to be in Nigeria on Friday morning. CAF has appointed Kouassi Attisso Attiogbe as referee, alongside his compatriotsLimsa Kabassima (Assistant Referee 1), Adam Moukaila Biyao (Assistant Referee 2) and Kokou Hougnimon Fagla (Reserve Referee).Mr. Andy Quame from Liberia will serve as the match commissioner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more