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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Post-‘Hamilton’ Egot Play: How the Songwriter Switched Gears With ‘Moana’

25 November 2016 1:25 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Disney’s latest fairy tale princess musical “Moana” is heading to a robust estimated $75 million-plus Thanksgiving holiday weekend total. One crucial contributor to this South Pacific animated feature, directed by the “Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” team of Ron Clements and John Musker, is “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who needs only an Oscar to complete his Egot-qualifying “In the Heights” Grammy and 11 Tony wins for his second Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” plus a Primetime Emmy for his 2014 Tony Awards opening song “Bigger” for host Neil Patrick Harris. (The Pulitzer Prize for “Hamilton” is frosting on the cake.)

 

While Miranda said he isn’t seeking it, he has been chasing the youngest Egot-holder to date, Bobby Lopez, “my whole life,” Miranda told me in our video interview. His mentor went to the same elementary school and high school and was working on “Avenue Q” in previews “right when I was getting out of school. »

- Anne Thompson

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Post-‘Hamilton’ Egot Play: How the Songwriter Switched Gears With ‘Moana’

25 November 2016 1:25 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Disney’s latest fairy tale princess musical “Moana” is heading to a robust estimated $75 million-plus Thanksgiving holiday weekend total. One crucial contributor to this South Pacific animated feature, directed by the “Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” team of Ron Clements and John Musker, is “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who needs only an Oscar to complete his Egot-qualifying “In the Heights” Grammy and 11 Tony wins for his second Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” plus a Primetime Emmy for his 2014 Tony Awards opening song “Bigger” for host Neil Patrick Harris. (The Pulitzer Prize for “Hamilton” is frosting on the cake.)

 

While Miranda said he isn’t seeking it, he has been chasing the youngest Egot-holder to date, Bobby Lopez, “my whole life,” Miranda told me in our video interview. His mentor went to the same elementary school and high school and was working on “Avenue Q” in previews “right when I was getting out of school. »

- Anne Thompson

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Colin Firth Joins Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel (Exclusive)

19 October 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Colin Firth is in negotiations to join Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Firth will play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.

The movie is set 25 years after the original. Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) are all grown up and suddenly get a visit from the magical nanny.

The movie also stars Meryl Streep as Poppins’ cousin. Blunt will be playing the title character, with “Hamilton” star Miranda portraying a street lamplighter named Jack.

The film will be directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt.

The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on “The Mary Poppins Stories” by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman is composing an all-new score and Scott Wittman will be writing original songs.

Mary Poppins Returns” will hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.

Firth has had a busy year »

- Justin Kroll

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Emily Mortimer Joins Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (Exclusive)

6 October 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emily Mortimer has signed on to join Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Mortimer will play Jane Banks, who along with her brother Michael (who will be played by Ben Whishaw in the pic), was one of the children the magical titular nanny looked after in the original 1964 film, and is now all-grown-up in this installment. The movie is set 25 years after the original.

The movie also stars Meryl Streep as a cousin of Poppins’. Blunt will be playing the title character, with “Hamilton” star Miranda playing a street lamplighter named Jack.

The film will be directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt.

The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee and is based on “The Mary Poppins Stories” by P.L. Travers, with Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score. Scott Wittman will be writing original songs.

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- Justin Kroll

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Get a Taste of B’way’s New ‘Chocolate Factory’

22 August 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Willy Wonka is coming to New York City! And if this teaser is anything to go by, it’ll be a candied Big Apple by the time he’s done. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” based on the novel by the legendary Roald Dahl—author of favorites including “The Bfg,” recently released as a film adaptation from Steven Spielberg, and “Matilda”—will be hitting the Great White Way come March 2017. Tony winner Christian Borle, hot off his run as the pompous Shakespeare in “Something Rotten!”, will take on the iconic role of Willy Wonka, previously played by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp. The musical will feature a score from “Hairspray” writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, fellow “Hairspray” collaborator Jack O’Brien, with choreography from Tony nominee Josh Bergasse (“On the Town”). Borle is the only name currently written on the Golden Ticket, but the prolific Telsey + Company will fill »

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Ben Whishaw in Talks to Join ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel

15 August 2016 2:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben Whishaw is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Disney’s sequel “Mary Poppins Returns.”

The movie, directed by Rob Marshall, is set 25 years after the events of 1964’s original “Mary Poppins.” If Whishaw’s deal goes through, he would play the grown-up Michael Banks.

Variety first reported last month that Meryl Streep is also in talks to come on board.

David Magee wrote the screenplay, based on the stories by P.L. Travers, with Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and writing original songs with Emmy nominee and Tony winner Scott Wittman.

Blunt stars as the title character with Manuel-Miranda playing a street lamplighter named Jack. The story will take place in Depression-era London and follow a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.

Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt are producing the pic, which will shoot in early 2017 in London. »

- Dave McNary

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Willy Wonka Arrives in N.Y.C. for Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Watch the Teaser Trailers

8 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Calling all candy lovers! Broadway has a big treat in store next spring, and it's a delectable concoction ready to satisfy any sweet tooth looking for a golden ticket. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming to Broadway next year, and People, Time and Entertainment Weekly have an exclusive look at its first set of teaser trailers. Mysterious purple clouds take over the city in one clip as a purple car with a curiously dressed man roams the city. As he steps out and taps his cane on the ground - filling the streets with candy - it's immediately clear »

- Ale Russian

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Willy Wonka Arrives in N.Y.C. for Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Watch the Teaser Trailers

8 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Calling all candy lovers! Broadway has a big treat in store next spring, and it's a delectable concoction ready to satisfy any sweet tooth looking for a golden ticket. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming to Broadway next year, and People, Time and Entertainment Weekly have an exclusive look at its first set of teaser trailers. Mysterious purple clouds take over the city in one clip as a purple car with a curiously dressed man roams the city. As he steps out and taps his cane on the ground - filling the streets with candy - it's immediately clear »

- Ale Russian

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Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Hayes Join ‘Hairspray Live’ Cast

2 August 2016 5:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sean Hayes and Rosie O’Donnell have joined the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” The cast additions were announced by executive producer Craig Zadan Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Hayes will play the role of Mr. Pinky, while O’Donnell will play the role of the gym teacher. The actors join a cast that also includes Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, Martin Short and newcomer Maddie Baillio.

Introducing the cast and creative team at press tour, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt revealed that “Hairspray Live” will be shot on the backlot at Universal — a departure for NBC, which has shot its three most recent live musicals on a soundstage in New York. Fox’s “Grease Live” earlier this year earned critical raves for its use of the outdoor space on the Paramount lot.

“It’s definitely one of the more major elements of the space,” said »

- Daniel Holloway

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Mary Poppins 2 Gets Meryl Streep as Cousin Topsy

29 July 2016 3:37 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After months of speculation, Disney confirmed in May that Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator/star Lin Manuel-Miranda have signed on to star in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. The casting reunited Emily Blunt with her Into the Woods director Rob Marshall, and now it seems that another star from that musical has come aboard for this project. Oscar winner Meryl Streep is in talks to join the cast as Topsy, Mary Poppins' cousin.

Variety reports that Meryl Streep will be singing once again in this movie, much like her role as The Witch in Disney's Into the Woods, which landed the actress her record-breaking 19th Oscar nomination. Topsy is said to be a supporting role, and a character that wasn't featured in the original Mary Poppins movie that debuted in 1964. Topsy does appear in author P.L. Travers' subsequent books.

Topsy Tartlet is introduced in P.L. Travers' 1935 novel Mary Poppins Comes Back, »

- MovieWeb

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Meryl Streep Joins "Mary Poppins Returns"

29 July 2016 7:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Meryl Streep is in talks to play Topsy, the cousin of Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) in the upcoming live-action feature "Mary Poppins Returns" for Walt Disney Pictures.

In the P.L. Travers book series, the character is named Topsy Tartlet and marries into the name Topsy Turvey. Lin-Manuel Miranda also stars in the film as a street lamplighter named Jack.

The story will take place in Depression-era London and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Much of the team behind "Into the Woods" including director Rob Marshall along with producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt are behind the film which boasts a script by David Magee and new music »

- Garth Franklin

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Oscar Winner Meryl Streep Joins Mary Poppins Returns

29 July 2016 5:28 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Variety reports that Academy Award winner Meryl Streep is in negotiations to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. The film would reunite Streep with director Rob Marshall and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca, who previously collaborated Disney's musical adaptation of Into The WoodsMary Poppins Returns would also be the third film Blunt and Streep starred opposite each other after appearing together in The Devil Wears Prada" and "Into The Woods.

Screenwriter David Magee wrote the screenplay based on the children novels by P.L. Travers. Songwriter Marc Shaiman is composing a brand new material for the film and is also writing the songs with Scott Wittman

The film and story will take place in a Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Meryl Streep Joins Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel (Exclusive)

28 July 2016 5:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Is Meryl Streep ready for a spoonful of sugar?

Sources tell Variety, the Oscar-winning actress is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”

If a deal closes, the family film would reunite Streep with the “Into the Woods” musical team of Blunt, director Rob Marshall, and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Streep and Blunt also shared the screen in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Marshall and John De Luca are also producing.

Streep is said to play the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a supporting role that wasn’t in the 1964 classic. Streep would also sing for the part, much like she did in “Into the Woods,” which earned her a record 19th Oscar nomination.

The Mary Poppins sequel hits theaters Dec. 25, 2018.

David Magee wrote the screenplay, based on the stories by P.L. Travers, with Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and »

- Justin Kroll

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Ariana Grande Joins ‘Hairspray Live’ Cast on NBC

7 July 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ariana Grande has joined the cast of NBC’s upcoming musical “Hairspray Live.” The pop star will play Penny Pringleton, protagonist Tracy Turnblad’s incorrigible best friend.

Grande joins a cast that includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough and newcomer Maddie Baillio, who will play Turnblad.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to round out our all-star ‘Hairspray Live!’ cast with Ariana Grande, one of the biggest recording artists in the world,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “She’s also a Broadway baby at heart, having debuted on Broadway when she was 15, and will be fantastic in the delightful role of Penny Pingleton. We look forward to her millions of fans seeing yet another side to this multifaceted performer and we welcome her to this incredible ensemble of artists.”

Hairspray Live” is based on the Broadway musical, which itself is based on the 1988 feature film by director John Waters. It »

- Daniel Holloway

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Kristin Chenoweth Joins Cast of NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’

21 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Kristin Chenoweth has joined NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” opposite Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Derek Hough and newcomer Maddie Baillio.

The Broadway vet will star as Velma Von Tussle, the self-promoting and manipulative producer of “The Corny Collins Show.” In the musical, Velma “will stop at nothing to make her daughter, Amber, the star that Velma never was. Her biggest foe is Tracy Turnblad (Baillio) and she’ll do everything in her power to prevent the integration of the “Corny Collins Show” which Tracy wants so much.

Read More: With NBC’s ‘Hairspray,’ The Craze for Live TV Musicals Continues

Hairspray Live,” the latest in NBC’s annual musical events, airs Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c.

“We are so excited and fortunate that Kristin — one of the best musical performers in the world — wants to come and play with us on ‘Hairspray,'” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, »

- Michael Schneider

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Kristen Chenoweth Joins Cast of NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’

21 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kristin Chenoweth has joined NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” opposite Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Derek Hough and newcomer Maddie Baillio.

The Broadway vet will star as Velma Von Tussle, the self-promoting and manipulative producer of “The Corny Collins Show.” In the musical, Velma “will stop at nothing to make her daughter, Amber, the star that Velma never was. Her biggest foe is Tracy Turnblad (Baillio) and she’ll do everything in her power to prevent the integration of the “Corny Collins Show” which Tracy wants so much.

auto]Hairspray Live,” the latest in NBC’s annual musical events, airs Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c.

“We are so excited and fortunate that Kristin — one of the best musical performers in the world — wants to come and play with us on ‘Hairspray,'” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, »

- Michael Schneider

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Kristin Chenoweth Joins NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’

21 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth has joined the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” show, Variety has learned.

The Emmy and Tony Award winner will play Velma Von Tussle, the self-promoting and manipulative producer of “The Corny Collins Show,” who will stop at nothing to make her daughter, Amber, the star that Velma never was. Her biggest foe is Tracy Turnblad, and she’ll do everything in her power to prevent the integration of the “Corny Collins Show” which Tracy wants so much.

Chenoweth joins previously announced cast members Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Derek Hough and newcomer Maddie Baillio.

“We are so excited and fortunate that Kristin — one of the best musical performers in the world — wants to come and play with us on ‘Hairspray,’” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Everything she does is incredible, going back to the iconic Glinda in ‘Wicked,’ and there’s no one better to play Velma Von Tussle. Each »

- Laura Prudom

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How Lin-Manuel Miranda Rode His ‘Hamilton’ Star from Broadway to Hollywood

12 June 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The last time Lin-Manuel Miranda attended the Tony Awards, he was nervous because “In the Heights” needed to win in order to lure audiences. It won best new musical.

That’s not a problem for his ticket-scalpers’ delight, “Hamilton,” his second Broadway musical. He stars in the production, wrote the book, music, and lyrics, and it scored a record-breaking 16 nominations. It swept the Tonys Sunday night with 11 awards including best new musical, and could eventually earn over $1 billion worldwide, according to The New York Times.

“Hamilton” also won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Because Miranda won an Emmy for writing Neil Patrick Harris’s closing rap at the 2014 Tonys, all he needs is an Oscar to become a member of the Egot club.

That’s not an impossibility, as Miranda’s moving his star to Hollywood—more specifically, Disney. J.J. Abrams »

- Anne Thompson

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"Mary Poppins Returns" and "In the Heights"

1 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Broadway's Hamilton fever has caught up with mainstream Hollywood. The Tony winning writer/director/actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose Hamilton is the easy frontrunner going into the Tony Awards a week from Sunday (I'm finally seeing it, too, wheeee, albeit a few days after the Tony Awards - thanks Rory!) has two big movies brewing now.... and that's before anyone gets around to trying to get Hamilton on the big screen. He exits Hamilton on July 9th so he'll have plenty of time to chase these Hollywood opportunities.  

Mary Poppins Returns

We've heard rumors of a Mary Poppins remake for ages but it looks like we're getting a sequel instead with the delightfully versatile Emily Blunt as the magical nanny (the iconic Julie Andrews part) and Lin-Manuel Miranda as a new character but I'd still expect a jolly-holiday sort of partner in magical highjinks for Mary. He's described as a "lamplighter »

- NATHANIEL R

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Mary Poppins sequel now official as Disney sets release date

1 June 2016 12:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

A Mary Poppins sequel is now officially on the cards after Walt Disney Pictures have set a release date. The film will be released in U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day 2018, with Emily Blunt in the lead role, taking over from Julie Andrews, who immortalised the P.L. Travers character in the classic movie from the 1960s.

Also joining the cast of the Rob Marshall directed movie is Lin-Manual Miranda (Hamilton), who is earmarked for an unnamed role. Shooting is expected to begin on Mary Poppins 2, or whatever they decide to call it (we’re hearing Mary Poppins Returns as one option), next year.

Emily Blunt

David Magee wrote the screenplay, adapted from Travers’ many book sequels to Mary Poppins, and the film will feature new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The post Mary Poppins sequel now official as Disney sets release date appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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