Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Blind Items Revealed #3

November 28, 2018

This three named actor who will always be associated with an A+ list creation of his was featured in an article for a monthly magazine. The reporter wanted to call it Ego Ego Ego but the editor and powers that be killed that idea and made it a puff piece rather than what it started out as.

Lin Manuel Miranda

33 comments:

Brayson87 said...

I still haven't seen it but I'm told that Hamilton is the greatest work created since the Bible, probably better. ;)

yepthatsme said...

@Brayson, hmm "Lord of the Rings" is better than both of them!

Nutty_Flavor said...

It’s a very good show. It’s hard to tell if something is a GREAT show without a few decades of perspective.

Lonely Bastard said...

I'd rather eat my own....no Brayson's, feet than have to watch that hectoring excuse for a mummery

Do Tell said...

Can't stand him. I wanted to see the new Mary Poppins movie, but he is a negative point for me. I might see it despite him, though. Dick Van Dyke has a cameo.

alan said...

I guess there was some truth to Curb presentation

LooksLikeCRicci said...

Oh, noooooooo. I like him quite a bit. Damn. Sounds like his potential EGOT status has went straight to his head.

Henriette said...

No!!!! I really like him, and Hamilton is amazing balls. That is his pinnacle,so he should just call it a day and retire. He seriously will never create anything of that magnitude again. It is a once in lifetime thing and defines him.

BBen10 said...

Hmm. That reporter gets an A for effort in my books.

Moose said...

"Hamilton" is brilliant, through the lens of the mid-to-late 2010s. What remains to be seen is how the music (heavily hip hop influenced) will be heard 50-60 years from now, and that's equally a product of how well hip hop holds its own in future generations.

Having said that, the score for "Hamilton" has some killer tunes. "My Shot", "The Room Where It Happened", "Burn", "Schuyler Sisters" and "Satisfied" are so much fun to sing along to, which is what makes a Broadway show epic.

Moose said...

@Henriette - I'm not so sure about that. Most writers would give their left arm (and call it a career) if they had written "In The Heights". And that was his warm up act for "Hamilton". I think there are a select few (Sondheim, Hammerstein, Lloyd Weber, Macintosh) that just know how to write brilliant theater. And Miranda might be in this crowd.

Look at a guy like Stephen Schwartz. Writes "Godspell" in 1971, which 45+ years later, is still huge. Comes back a year later with "Pippin", which is even bigger, and still a huge draw. Goes 30 years without a huge hit - most would say he probably should have hung it up. Then 30 years later, "Wicked", which is still packing Broadway 15 years later.

Nutty_Flavor said...

Is “Godspell” still huge? I don’t see it referenced nearly as much as “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and the most recent Broadway revival in 2011 didn’t do well.

AppleThief4Elliot said...

Person who becomes an artist, has great artistic and financial success, has an ego...
STOP THE PRESSES!

Moose said...

@Nutty_Flavor - "Godspell" is still performed by thousands of high school, college, non-equity and equity theater troupes every year. Is it a tad dated? Probably. But it still draws crowds, and from the 1970s well into the 2000s, it was annually one of the top 10 performed musicals. And songs from "Godspell" play daily on Sirius' Broadway channel, so I'd argue the music has stood the test of time. So many still huge as a draw is a little overstated, but I'd still argue it's still one of the top Broadway shows of all time.

Sara, Making It Work said...

I love Hamilton, I love Lin. Don't care.

Nutty_Flavor said...

Interesting. I guess I missed that.

I don't listen to the Sirius Broadway channel, but it's been a long time since I've heard "Day by Day."

I thought the recent update of "Jesus Christ Superstar" was excellent, particularly the staging and the Pharisees' costumes. If clever theatrical people can update JCS, it seems possible to update "Godspell" as well.

Was surprised to learn that Victor Garber was Jesus in the movie version!

Moose said...

Speaking of revivals, and of Schwartz, the revival of "Pippin" was brilliant. Given the original's references to magic, re-imagining it as a pseudo-Cirque Du Soleil production was ingenious. I melted in my seat when a 66 year old Andrea Martin performed a high wire trapeze act to the audience's amazement.

I'd never had believed Schwartz would have a show as crowd pleasing in him as "Wicked" 3 decades after the one-two punch of "Godspell" and "Pippin". That's why I hold out hope that "Hamilton" might not be LMM's magnum opus.

Eff Yiew said...

Lol this is hilarious reading all the comments. I'm one of the pit musicians in Wicked on Broadway.


I must have played the soundtrack to Wicked 2000 times already. I know what you all mean about shows holding up but I can go the rest of my life without ever hearing the music from Wicked ever again.

Not really a fan of the "modern" Broadway show, so no, no Hamilton for me, or in the Heights, or any of that. Which really all of these are just nothing more than extensions of Rent, which started this whole mess (and I played on Rent for a while, too, so I've seen the decline). Or maybe it kind of started with Andrew Lloyd although his stuff was kind of a mix between Broadway and cheese - not straight rock music. But I guess he was a bridge between old B'way and Rent.

I really miss the really well crafted musicals with large pit orchestras with clever writing and professional arrangements.

AkhaldanSolo said...

Miranda is a pasty looking FLAMING puerto rican homo that took a NATIONAL TRAITOR who was an AGENT to the QUEEN OF ENGLAND, set some crap ass hip hop to his bullshit legacy and it's a national treasure all of a sudden. It's PROPAGANDA and it is Crap, all CRAP, there was no critical reception to that play it was all ADVERTISING no one likes or gives two shit about that play, only the retards that fell for the advertising.

Paul Saint John said...

@AkhaldanSolo
I don't know what you're talking about. If anything, Hamilton, a British subject by birth, was a traitor to England, not to the USA, whom he served well.

Ashleigh said...

The man works hard and he's a creative genius. Some people earn their ego!

Worstcompanytoworkfor said...

If I was him, i’d Have an ego too. The man is brilliant.

kelli grrrl said...

Sounds like AkhaldanSolo couldn’t get tickets to Hamilton. Count me in with the retards, because it was FANTASTIC!

P.S. Anybody know if Akhaldan is Geeljire? Just an angry vibe I’m sensing....

Moose said...

@eff - I’ve often wondered if pit musicians stick around through a show’s run. Has to be nice having the comfort of a steady gig. At the same time, you’re right. Same songs, same order day in day out has to be a grind.

Lloyd Weber May have contributed to the descent of modern theater, but he can pen a standard as well as the greats. I gained a whole new appreciation for him when I saw Glenn Close sing “As If We Never Said Goodbye” last year in the revival of “Sunset Boulevard”. That song is sheer gold.

High Class Jackass said...

How brave

hunter said...

Eff Yiew - hey we are neighbors! My good friend is the head makeup artist for the show, I'm so proud of him! I live a block from the theater. No offense but I thought Wicked sucked. I appear to be in the minority.

I'm positive it wasn't you though!

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Henriette said...

@Hunter
I didn't like Wicked. I am not a huge fan of musicals, but Hamilton is different. I cannot think of another musical where 15 year old kids can recite the lyrics and sing all the songs. As far as rap is concerned, it has already proved that it is sticking around.
Sure, Miranda will do other musicals, but I think he knows that Hamilton defines him.

orangesoda said...

Huh. Looks like I'm in the minority because I never got the Hamilton hype and always got 'asshole' vibes from this dude. Oh well.

Cindy said...

Don't believe it. My wife, who cleans a theater here in LA, worked while LMM was filming Curb in her theater. She didn't know who he was and he treated her so well. He constantly spoke to and joked with her when they passed each other and he was very sweet to her. Once I told her who he was, and she told him, not one thing changed between them. He even told the theater people she was great. So no, he's a sweetheart even when he doesn't have to be.

Cindy said...

Oh, and Hamilton is wonderful for those that enjoy history and learning in general. Not so much for those that don't.

clatie said...

This is nonsense. I have friends who have worked with closely, both in the past and recently and have reported that he is nothing less than delightful.

TellMeLies said...

I haven't seen Hamilton, but I assume it's awful since the only ravings I ever hear about are from white people. Any rapping musical geared towards a white audience....NO THANKS!!!
His interviews are always very obnoxious and the way people keep treating him like a god, I'm not surprised in the least that he has a massive ego.

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