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Archive for Lin Manuel Miranda

Tveit leaving N2N, Wicked Bway’s 20th longest running show, Nine and In the Heights news, cleaners strike possible

It’s official: Tveit is leaving Next to Normal, Massey stepping in

Kyle Dean Massey (Xanadu, Wicked, Altar Boyz), who played Gabe in the Tony-winning musical Next to Normal while Aaron Tveit took a leave of absenc, will assume the part of Gabe permanently beginning on Jan. 4. Tveit will play his final performance Jan. 3 at 7:30 PM.

Wicked sets yet another record – becoming Broadway’s 20th longest running show of all time

On Dec 15, Wicked played its 2,535th performance, surpassing Avenue Q‘s admirable run and becoming the 20th longest running show in Broadway’s history. And as the Thanksgiving weekend records showed, this musical is still more than holding its own on Broadway. Here’s hoping the wonderful show will continue running for years to come!

A digital soundtrack release and five Golden Globe nominations for Nine

The soundtrack for the Rob Marshall film version of Nine is now available for digital download on iTunes. Buzz about the movie is big – it was just nominated for five Golden Globes, including those for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor in a Motion Picture for Daniel Day-Lewis. The film opens to the general public on Christmas day.

Kenny Ortega will direct the In the Heights film; Lin-Manuel Miranda will star as Usnavy

Variety is reporting that Kenny Ortega, the man who helmed Newsies, High School Musical, This is It and Dirty Dancing, will direct Universal’s film version of In the Heights, starring Tony Award-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda in the role he originated on Broadway, Usnavy. The Tony-nominated librettist Quiara Alegria Hudes is adapting the screenplay. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this film!!!

Broadway could have another strike in the works

According to the New York Times, members of the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ — which includes porters, cleaners and bathroom attendants at over two-dozen Broadway theatres — unanimously gave its “union bargaining committee the authority to settle or strike.” Back in 2007, the stagehands union strike shut down Broadway for a full 18 days. A strike of even half that length in this economic landscape could mean the end for a number of struggling Broadway shows…

Another movie being adapted for the stage – Bring it On: The Musical

Bring it On: The Musical is an adaptation of the smash Hollywood film of the same name. With direction/choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights, 9 to 5, The Apple Tree), a book by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, 13, High Fidelity), lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and orchestrations/arrangement/music supervision by Alex Lacamoire (In the Heights, Wicked), I don’t see how this could possibly fail.

The show is looking to mount a regional production in 2011, followed by a national tour. Though no Broadway production has been mentioned, with these names on board, I’d be very surprised if this show didn’t eventually make it to the Great White Way.

Lin Manuel Miranda to star in Universal’s film version of In the Heights!

According to our good friend BroadwayGirlNYC, Lin Manuel Miranda announced at a concert last night that he will need to “get off his ass and start working out again, because when they start filming the movie, he has to have his ‘tickets to the gun show back.’ Usnavi’s gotta be hot in the film version, as well, and ‘healthy as a horse.'” 

Universal Pictures acquired the rights to produce a film version of the Tony Award winning best musical In the Heights back in November of 2008 and rumors are still circulating that Jennifer Lopez might be eyeing a role in the film, but this is the first announcement that Miranda will not only produce but also star in the film version of his hit show.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!


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