I have a friend who said he really wants to find a reason to dislike Lin-Manuel Miranda, just on the basic principal that Miranda has had this massive wave of praise and success, starting with his Tony-winning musical In the Heights and now taking that to even great levels with Hamilton. The problem, my friend said, is that he's having a very difficult time finding a reason. Because every time he looks, Miranda just keeps showing himself to be such a wonderful guy.
I'm sorry to tell my friend that Lin-Manuel Miranda just made his job all the more difficult.
April 16 was the 40th anniversary of the opening of the musical A Chorus Line. And as it turns out, the show played in the very same Public Theater where Hamilton now resides. And so, for the curtain call on that April 16 night, Miranda decided to do something special.
To be fair, I don't know if it was Lin-Manuel Miranda's decision to do all this. It may have come from the producers, or the PR director, or the theater's owners, or the city. But knowing his sense of history, I suspect he was heavily involved. And mainly, given that he's the show's star, composer and librettist, if he didn't want it done, it wouldn't have been done.
And more to the point, as the show's star, composer and librettist, he takes a tremendously selfless role in the proceedings, serving largely as host, and then blending in with the cast to let others shine.
Here's what they did for the curtain call.
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