Michael hears from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award-winning lyricist whose musical In the Heights catapulted him to the Broadway scene at a very young age. The two discuss his passion for hip-hop music, building a hit Broadway show, working with Neil Patrick Harris and how he was able to combine his love of musical theater and hip-hop to successfully make a career out of doing what he loves.
In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing. Black’s trademark wit and natural inquisitiveness offers a behind-the-scenes viewpoint, along with laugh-out-loud humor and valuable advice from guests who are at the top of their game.
If you could sum up Lin-Manuel Miranda in three words, what would they be?
Clever, imaginative and groundbreaking.
What did you like best about this story?
It was really nice to hear about Lin's beginnings and the people who put him on the trajectory that he finds himself on to this very day.
What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
If this had indeed been a book and not an interview, it wouldn't have been the same. It's one thing to read what one says in a magazine or newspaper, but hearing things straight "from the horse's mouth" (for lack of a better idiom) is quite another entirely.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"Go inside the inner workings of Lin-Manuel."
Any additional comments?
Although I never had the chance to see "Hamilton" while Mr. Miranda was part of the cast and have certainly never seen "In The Heights", I still think that Mr. Miranda is one of the greatest voices of our generation and will continue to follow his career. I wish nothing but the very best in his endeavors, whatever they might be.