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Broadway favorite Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently being represented on Broadway with Bring It On- for which he is the co-composer and lyricist. In this first part of a two part interview, Richard chats with Miranda about collaborating on the new musical, his new gig on 'Do No Harm,' bringing a Spanish twist to West Side Story, and so much more. Click below to watch PART 1 and check back later for PART 2!
Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway's In the Heights. In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Lin-Manuel receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Off-Broadway, In the Heights received 9 Drama Desk Nominations (including Best Music, Best Lyrics) and an award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. In the Heights also won the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critic's Circle Award for Best Musical.
Lin-Manuel is a co-founder and member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a popular hip-hop
improv group that performs regularly in New York City. The group has also toured the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as the Aspen, Melbourne and Montreal Comedy Festivals.
Recently, Lin-Manuel contributed new songs to the upcoming revival of Stephen Schwartz'
Working and worked with Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim on Spanish translations
for the 2009 Broadway Revival of West Side Story. He has performed for President Obama
and the First Family at the White House for its first-ever Poetry Jam and was selected to
be a Master Teacher for the 2009 Mercer Songwriter's Project at Northwestern University.
His TV and film credits include The Electric Company, Sesame Street, The Sopranos,
House, Modern Family, The Sex and the City Movie and the upcoming The Odd Life of
Timothy Green. He lives in New York.