Vivo: Lin-Manuel Miranda stars in Netflix trailer
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The American actor, singer and playwright will tonight appear on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ to talk about this new musical drama, ‘Tick, Tick, Boom!’ The film, based on the autobiographical musical by playwright Jonathan Lawson, follows the story of a composer in New York City, who is worried he made the worn career choice. He navigates this potentially life-changing divergence while finding his way through the pressures of love and friendship.
Released on Netflix earlier this month, the film has widely been a hit with reviewers.
Lin-Manuel found global fame with his 2015 musical ‘Hamilton’, which tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
The playwright previously said he was inspired to write the music after reading the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
In 2018, Lin-Manuel brought Hamilton to London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre.
In the audience were none other than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Also appearing on The Graham Norton Show at the time, Lin-Manuel revealed the relief he felt following Harry’s reaction to his play.
Some of the story includes the story of King George III and his involvement in the USA’s road to independence.
The character of George III is the main antagonist of Act 1 and is presented as entitled, arrogant, overbearing and ruthless.
King George III, who was Queen Victoria’s grandfather, is an ancestor of Harry’s.
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His reign marked many overseas battles, including in the Americas.
As such, any fictionalised portrayal of his family’s historic ties to colonisation could have been close to the bone.
However, Lin-Manuel revealed the Duke of Sussex took it well.
He told Graham Norton: “They are real fans and I am really glad he didn’t take the storyline about George III personally!”
Lin-Manuel, who plays Hamilton, said he was intimidated to return to the show after spending three weeks in Puerto Rico, his family’s native country.
This was because when he took the royals to see it in the summer, Meghan knew more of the lyrics than him.
He explained: “I was scared when I watched with the Duke and Duchess because Meghan knew the lyrics slightly better than I did.
“I couldn’t get it all so I’ve been studying and I think I can do it now.”
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The performance was in support of Harry’s Sentebale charity, which helps youths living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.
Harry made a brief appearance on stage after the show to thank the actors and Lin-Manuel, as well as the crowd for doing their bit and helping to raise money.
Armed with the mic, he unexpectedly sang the signature line from King George III’s three musical interludes in the show: “You say…” to which both the cast and crowd responded with rapturous applause.
He quickly waved off their cheers and pointed to Lin-Manuel, joking: “He did try, but I said no.”
Lin-Manuel has spoken at length about how Hamilton has helped his life.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, he talked about the craziness that surrounded the show with all the publicity and contracts when it first hit Broadway.
He said: “Doing it every night became my meditation.
“For two and a half hours, I only have one job.
“That saved me, because I couldn’t go and party, I couldn’t go to half the things I was invited to; I was like: no, I have two shows on Saturday, which kept my head from getting off the swivel.
“Being in a Broadway show is like being a cook in a restaurant; they don’t care about how much people liked it last night, it’s about tonight.”
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