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Entertainment Weekly: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jennifer Lopez team up for song to benefit Orlando victims

Specifically, it's raising funds for Somos Orlando, which aims to "address the long-term needs for mental health services that are culturally competent and bilingual” for victims and families.
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This Wall Street Journal article

How does ‘Hamilton,’
the non stop, hip-hop
Broadway sensation
tap rap's master rhymes
to blur musical lines?

  plays portions of tunes with an animated graphic display of internal rhymes and more, in several places also showing comparable rap and Broadway tunes.  Can you guess for which tune, "This is my favorite lyric to perform in the show every night," says Daveed Diggs?

There's also a poetry game at the end.  Enjoy!
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from the NYTimes, here's Lin-Manuel accepting his 1st Tony for "Best Original Score" with a sonnet to his wife:


My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.


and then the other ten Tonys our show won:
Musical: “Hamilton”

Actor, musical: Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”

Book, musical: “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda

Original Score: “Hamilton,” music and lyrics, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Featured actor, musical: Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”

Featured actress, musical: Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”

Costume design, musical: Paul Tazewell, “Hamilton”

Lighting design, musical: Howell Binkley, “Hamilton”

Direction, musical: Thomas Kail, “Hamilton”

Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, “Hamilton”

Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”
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Who else is excited for the Tony Awards on Sunday to watch as "Hamilton" wins All The Things?

James Corden did a segment of his Carpool Karaoke with LMM, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jane Krakowski, and it is so much fun:

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The RANGE a cappella group of NYC is thirteen talented singers; you may have heard them stringing together bits of all the 2015 Oscar song nominees. There are several mashups in their repertory, but the YouTube player below manages to skim through all of

Hamilton in Seven Minutes

If you prefer more details about the songs and the performers, here’s the Soundcloud link

https://soundcloud.com/range-a-cappella/hamilton-in-7-minutes

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Hey everyone!

I thought people on this group might be interested in a project I've been working on for the last 6 months or so with a group of artists in NYC. It's 10 classic Musical Theatre showtunes reimagined for contemporary radio. The project is called "Give My Regards to Broadway: Classic Showtunes Reimagined"

However track #2 on the project is "Getting Married Today" from Company as a Hip-Hop track, performed by Mr. Hercules Mulligan/James Madison himself, Okieriete Onaodowan! It also features Travis Kent (from Broadway's "Disaster") singing the hook. The track was arranged by Scott Wasserman who built the beats for Hamilton. For a while his Playbill designation was "Beatmaster" which I think is just about the coolest Broadway credit imaginable.

Anyways, I hope you all like the track, it can be found here: https://youtu.be/zLIcTvFEJdE?list=PLu_Sa1NZEPY4fbQu_Wf8SL_neakBLJP1r 

The rest of the tracks can be found at www.neddonovan.com/GMRTB 

Thanks for checking us out, and hope you like it!
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Is part of message from Treasury Sec'y Lew.
Other side of 10 will feature array of suffragists.

Harriet Tubman will replace motherfucking democrat republican Andrew Jackson.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/20/474983292/treasury-decides-to-put-harriet-tubman-on-20-bill
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Hello! I was lucky enough to be able to see the show last week and posted a very long entry about it here at my journal. I tried to split it into non-spoilery overview and spoilery song-by-song review, in case you are wanting to avoid staging comments.

I also have a request? If you've seen the show and posted somewhere about it (whether here, tumblr, or wherever), can you link me? I'd love to read it! I'm eating up all the reports now that my self-imposed no spoiler reading is over.
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This article, published today in Slate, contains a number of links to other articles about Hamilton, in case no one's seen it yet.

Specifically, it seems to think Hamilton fans will somehoe be upset by criticism of the show. I am resisting the urge to send a copy of Textual Poachers with relevant bits highlighted to its author.

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Apr. 17th, 2016 01:29 am
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Hello! I have 143 icons for your use :)

A few teasers:


And a breakdown by actor:
[40] Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton
[20] Phillipa Soo as Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler Hamilton
[17] Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson
[14] Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler Church
[12] Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, sir
[10] Anthony Ramos as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton
[8] Christopher Jackson as George Washington
[8] Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison
[7] Jasmine Cephas Jones as Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Renssaelaer
[7] group + chorus

Over here.
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I just ran across this interview that I hadn't seen before (from August, 2015):

Daveed Diggs is Making History!
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There's an interesting article in the Hollywood Reporter about who's getting what money from the show.  Lin-Manuel is doing very well! I hope this means he is freed from money worries to write something else in another 7 years :-)

Hamilton grosses about $1.5 million weekly in ticket sales while it costs about 40 percent of that to rent the Richard Rodgers Theatre, pay salaries and cover other expenses ... After royalties are paid, the remainder — around $600,000 a week — returns to the investors until their $12.5 million capitalization is fully recouped.

....

And as Hamilton expands beyond Broadway, more revenue streams will open.
 
which brings me neatly to:

The Hamilton Songbook is out - piano/vocal score for 17 of the songs.  Physically out in the US and Lin-Manuel is encouraging people to buy from The Drama Bookshop; here in the UK I could only find it on Kindle.  I have had a plan to get a piano for over a decade, stalled on the need to clear out a room currently used for storage. Will this be what finally gets me to get the job done?

Hamilton: The Revolution is released in 4 days time in the UK (woohoo).  I have it preordered from Amazon.


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N. K. Jemisin (author of the Inheritance Trilogy, the Dreamblood books, etc.) has seen Hamilton and has a fascinating post on its relationship to the mythology of the US viewed through the lens of fantasy writing:

Epiphany 2.0: HAMILTON

#Bam4Ham

Mar. 14th, 2016 10:32 pm
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The cast of Hamilton are taking a field trip to the White House, and at the moment you can see the President's introduction (starting at 44:00) and the performances of Alexander Hamilton and My Shot (at ~55:00) in this official presidential video:



I don't know how long this will stay up, but I'm sharing it now as it is absolutely worth a listen - and a look! Can't miss the expressions on their faces, or the sparkle in Lin-Manuel Miranda's eye at being back in the room where it first happened, back in 2009.
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Rap Battle: Brecht, LMM, and PlaidAdder
http://plaidadder.tumblr.com/post/140486925954/brecht-versus-hamilton-a-rap-battle
ETA to correctly quote P.A.
quote begins

Ahem. The question up for debate tonight is: the possible continued political efficacy of a Brechtian technical style which has now been thoroughly assimilated into twenty-first century commercial theater. Mr. Brecht, you have the floor.

BRECHT [ ... ] You make didactic tactics so much more climactic,

You took Lehrstück and made it cool, fed it rocket fuel,

And now my ‘learning play’ tricked out in this odd way,

Does a hundred and fifty-seven down the middle of Broadway!

MIRANDA: So are you saying you like it?

BRECHT: Well you do not get the mike yet.

You venerate the letter but the spirit you drown–

MIRANDA: Is this by any chance about “It’s Quiet Uptown?”

BRECHT: ACH! The shameless empathy, the gush, the abandon!

The way that claptrap ruins everything that you have planned on!
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I had no idea! Here's a new interview with him in our regional newspaper. (Annoyingly, you will have to answer a question to read it.)

He's from Cairo, a once-thriving river port that has hit extremely hard times (even harder than the rest of the region, which is really saying something). In fandom it's probably best known as one of the settings in Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

Hamilpeep!

Feb. 25th, 2016 05:05 pm
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A friend of mine actually was one of the people who made this.

Marshmallow Peeps re-enact 'Hamilton' for everyone who can't get tickets



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Ninety-nineA million things you haven't done, but a Grammy's not one (now)

http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/watching-hamilton-perform-and-win-a-grammy.html has the best videos I've found, both of the live broadcast from the Richard Rodgers, and of Lin-Manuel's rapped thank you speech.  Good: you can maximise the videos; Bad: they autoplay into something else.

The article also has lots of cool stuff about how they set up for the live broadcast, to really showcase the choreography.  And yes, it makes me want to see it live even more.


Also, Bill Gates was on Desert Island Discs a few weeks ago (this is a long-running BBC interview programme in which guests are invited to choose the 8 records they would take with them to a desert island) and his final pick was My Shot.  In case that link doesn't work outside the UK, here's what he said, as best I could transcribe:

"I love plays, especially musicals, and one of the absolute best that I've ever seen is this Hamilton which is now on Broadway, and this is one of many great songs from it, but it's about a young person saying 'hey I'm going to take a risk, I'm going to get out there and try and do something new and different' so this song in particular appealed to me, and it's called My Shot"

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