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on West End.
After final Broadway curtain call in July (the show at the Richard
Rodgers Theatre is expected to carry on
there without him until the end of time),
he promptly clipped his Hamilton manbun and took a much-needed threeweek vacation with his family. He and
his wife, Vanessa, a litigation attorney,
have a 2-year-old son, Sebastian, and
live in New York City. The couple was
already internet famous for a video
that went viral of their 2010 wedding
reception, where Miranda surprised his
bride with a stage-worthy production
of from Fiddler on the Roof.
The jubilant dance number has been
viewed more than million times. As
with everything Miranda
now doing movies and albums and
makes you go, what in
the world is this guy gonna do
was really one of the highlights of
my creative life.
Does the perfectionist in you it hard to
let go as Hamilton heads to new cities with
The best metaphor is that the kid is off
to college now. very self-sufficient.
The words and music are written. At
the same time, room for change.
What looking for is not a carbon
copy of the Broadway production.
First of all, do you miss doing the show
seven times a week?
No and yes. With the kind of insane year I
had, the two hours and 45 minutes I spent
as Alexander Hamilton were the calmest part of my day. not hyperbole.
In the rest of my life I had a thousand
emails to answer and this growing set of
professional and personal obligations
and a growing fascination with the show
and, in turn, with me. On stage, all I had
to do was be Alexander Hamilton and say
these things I wrote and could perform
with the most incredible company in the
world. It was weirdly my moment of Zen
in an increasingly crazy life.
How does the new Hamilton Mixtape, with
cover songs and inspired-bys featuring
artists such as Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys
and even Jimmy Fallon, take the Hamilton
experience to a new level?
Even before he musica ex isted I
thought of doing a concept album of the
story of life and was mentally casting and hip-hop artists.
They constantly inspired me as I wrote.
What happened was, Hamilton opened,
the world went crazy and a lot of the artists I never thought in my wildest dream
ever meet came to see the show. The
Mixtape is really just me flipping the
tables and asking those very performers, does this show inspire you to
Hearing Busta Rhymes, who
long imagined as the voice of [Hamilton
cohort] Hercules Mulligan, singing
been enormous fun finding places where
these casts animate it. The harmony the
boys are singing in Story of is unique to the Chicago production. They make it their own. I just get
to go watch it and say, great
You also wrote the music for the Walt
Disney Animation Studios movie Moana,
opening on November 23 and featuring
Dwayne Johnson. With all your
commitments, when and where do you
time to be creative?
I got that job three years ago but ended
up writing it concurrently with Hamilton, so even as I was performing I was
having meetings with Disney every Tuesday and Thursday at p.m. before my
p.m. curtain. It becomes about protecting your time. You have to prioritize work
time and also you have to prioritize time
with your family, because a good idea
come while doing a million things. The good idea comes in the
moment of rest. It comes in the shower.
It comes when doodling or playing
trains with your son. when your mind
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Lin-Manuel Miranda on vacation in Mexico,
reading Ron biography of Alexander
Hamilton, in 2008.