Tag Archives: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Saving The Drama

Dear Friends,

We can’t tell you how happy we were when we heard the news that the “Hamilton Team” were purchasing The Drama Book Store to prevent it from closing permanently. In a recent New York Times article, the new owners—Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Jeffrey Seller; and James L. Nederlander—cited the book store as having played an important role in their lives and we couldn’t agree more!

We have lost count of the numerous times in our 100 years that we have frequented the Drama Book Store looking for our next inspiration for our 228 plays on Broadway. We were deeply saddened to hear that it might close and breathed a huge sigh of relief when the news broke last month that it would be saved!

We understand that the book store is currently closed while the new owners search for a new home. And when they do, you can bet we’ll be one of the first in line celebrating.

To read more about it, click here and here.

Thank you Hamilton Team for your wonderful help in saving this immeasurable support network for the theatre district. We salute you!

Best,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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On The Move

Dear Friends,

Hamilton is on the move again—this time across the pond.

According to Variety, Hamilton will be making its West End debut next November at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

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The question that seems to be on everyone’s mind is: will it enjoy the success it has seen in the US?  There are no guarantees, of course, but we think it will.  It is such a fantastic show that is resonating with audiences today to make a real connection.  It is our experience that when a show can do that it is going to run for a very long time.

You can read the full article at Variety here.

We wish The Victoria Palace Theatre all the best success and a very long Hamilton run!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Hamilton in Chicago

Dear Friends,

Great news!  The glory of Hamilton is expanding!

And by that we mean that the first Hamilton tour officially just opened in Chicago to (not surprising!) rave reviews.

HURRAY!

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Here is the full review from the Chicago Tribune

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Broadway Karaoke

Dear Friends,

To help set the stage for tomorrow night’s Tony Awards, we found this wonderful YouTube video with this year’s host, James Corden, and special guests Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Audra McDonald, and Jane Krakowski singing a variety of songs, such as from Hamilton, Rent, and Les Miserables.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did—it sure looked like they had fun making it!

Regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Hamilton Rising!

Dear Friends,

Hamilton continues to be perhaps the most stunningly successful play of our lifetimes!

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The big news yesterday was that it received 16 Tony Award Nominations—the largest number in Tony History, which goes back 70 years!

For all of us in the theatre, we don’t recall any initial success as big as this.

The closest that come to mind are Fiddler on The Roof and My Fair Lady.  Of course, it is hard to compare these plays accurately, as all of the great hits prior to Hamilton occurred in the pre-social media/internet world and did not have the instant world-wide publicity and acclaim that Hamilton enjoys.

Today we wanted to share with you another manifestation of Hamilton’s popularity:

The book “Hamilton Revolution,” which is a behind the scenes look at making the musical and written by Hamilton author Lin-Manual Miranda and cultural critic Jeremy McCarter, is flying off the shelves!

In fact, the New York Times quips (quite correctly) that getting the book isn’t any easier than getting a ticket!  The book, which came out on April 12th, is now in its second printing and it estimated to have 400,000 copies in print by the summer!

It seems we just can’t get enough!  Congrats to Miranda and the entire cast and crew of Hamilton on their 16 Tony nominations!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Saving Hamilton!

Dear Friends,

We often find it remarkable at those who ask “why is theatre important?”  And guess what?  We found the perfect response to that in the New York Times the other day!

As you may know, the US Treasury has been contemplating changing some of the faces on our bills—and one of the first up for a complete make over?  The $10 bill—the bill that currently has on its face none other than our first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.

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And here is where the theatre’s influence comes into play:  the Treasury Secretary promised to put a woman on the face of the new $10 bill.  However, last summer he came to Broadway and went to see Hamilton.  Additionally the star and creator of Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as theatre patrons in love with the musical, have been lobbying the Department of the Treasury to keep Hamilton on the $10 bill.  The result?  This week the Treasury Secretary just made the announcement that Hamilton is going to stay on the $10 bill!!

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THE THEATRE!

You can read more about it—and how all the bills are changing at the New York Times website.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Bringing Broadway to The Grammys

Dear Friends,

Last night we saw a scene from Hamilton on television during the Grammy awards!  We were able to find the performance on YouTube today and wanted to share it with you in case you did not get a chance to watch.

We also want to congratulate Lin-Manuel Miranda on his Grammy last night!

It was wonderful to get an idea of what this phenomenal musical is like—and we can’t wait to see it ourselves!

 

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Happy New Year!

GREAT THEATRICAL EVENT!

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  We thought we’d start 2016 off on a high note: something wonderful has happened in the theatre this year, which we are calling a once-in-10-year event!
It is the arrival of the magnificent new musical on Broadway: Hamilton.
The author, who also acts in this incredible play, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has done so many marvelous things in the creation of this musical that is it impossible to describe them all!
He first read about Alexander Hamilton on a vacation, and at the time, had no idea that he would be so inspired. 
Miranda set Hamilton in modern language. All the music is Hip Hop and everything is modernized.  It is as if Alexander Hamilton is alive and well and living in the Bronx in 2016! 
We had been hearing all the buzz about this musical; and then read a fantastic article about his writing and creation of this astonishing play–from his reading a book about Alexander Hamilton through rehearsals to opening night–in the New Yorker, which of course made us even more excited!
Needless to say, it is very popular and exceptionally difficult to get tickets in the near term.  However, you can click the icon below to go online or call the theatre to order tickets after next August (that’s right–it’s sold out until August 2016!).  
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GLORIOUS THEATRE NEWS TO BEGIN THE NEW YEAR!

BEFORE WE GO: We greatly enjoy writing to you about the theatre each week and we would be very happy if you would tell your friends about us, so that we may increase our membership.  So if you know anyone who loves the theatre, we would love it if you would send them our way so that they can receive our newsletters as well!

Many thanks!

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Great Excitement!

Very rarely in the theatre does what we call a “once in 10 year” event take place on Broadway.

And hurray! It has just taken place on August 6th. It is the opening of the great new hit—Hamilton, which received incredible reviews of the likes of Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Les Misérables.

We are so happy about this—it is so amazing to anticipate seeing such a wonder hit!

You can read the New York Times review, who tell their readers:

I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But “Hamilton,” directed by Thomas Kail and starring Mr. Miranda, might just about be worth it — at least to anyone who wants proof that the American musical is not only surviving but also evolving in ways that should allow it to thrive and transmogrify in years to come.

photo from New York Times review

photo from New York Times review

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