We’ve covered Lin-Manuel Miranda before, but we’re back with a quick update. Â When we last discussed, Mr. Miranda had made an appearance at the White House and performed a rap about Alexander Hamilton. Â Â The New YorkerÂ has an extensive look at our friend, and how he has turned that one song into a full fledged musical that opens soon.
It’s a pretty amazing look at the the process behind creating this production, and worth a read. Â Check out a snippet below:
At a workshop production in May, Miranda had delivered a final rap in which Hamilton gives an account of his preparationsâ€”â€œThe sun is in my eyes and Iâ€™m almost giddyÂ /Â As I watch it slowly rise over my New York Cityâ€â€”and weighs whether or not Burr has it in him to kill. Both musically and lyrically, the song hadnâ€™t conveyed the high stakes that Miranda sought to capture, in which Hamiltonâ€™s fears about Burrâ€™s lack of integrity extended to broad trepidation about the uncertain direction of the country. Nor had the song fully delivered a sense of tragic inevitability, in which Hamiltonâ€™s uncharacteristic reticence and Burrâ€™s uncharacteristic forwardness ruin the lives of both men. Miranda was still revising the song, and expected to be still worrying over the scene in rehearsals. He said, â€œThere are things that donâ€™t exist, and that are not going to exist, until we have actors in the room, and I go, â€˜Oh!â€™Â â€ Kail, who sets deadlines for Miranda, and reacts to every draft of every song, explained, â€œLinâ€™s response to pressure is to generate more material.â€