In a new interview with New YorkersMiranda explains that once he becomes a hit on Broadway, people will have higher expectations of his work. “People go, ‘Yeah, but what about this? And what about this? ‘”I said. “And that’s fair! I do it with art that I find flawed. It is not a cancellation. It is opinion. So I try to implement it in that spirit. You try to take advantage of it all, and whatever sticks in your gut is what you bring with you to your next project.”
When Jon M. Chu Adapted Miranda’s Tony Award-Winning Play In The Heights premiered this summer, the film was criticized as unsuccessful recommend any black actors of Latino descent in key roles. In June, Miranda release a statement said that he was “really” apologetic that the film lacked “enough representation of black people of Latino descent.”
The director also talked about the recent controversies regarding his hit musical Hamilton, but declined to comment on the transgender performer Suni Reid’s accusations that they were harassed for asking for a sexist locker room (“I can’t really comment on it, because it’s legal,” notes Miranda).
In particular, Miranda talked about the edited choreography around Hamilton Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings characters. In several musicals, Hemings turned his back on Jefferson, who is widely considered to have assaulted her and fathered her children when she was enslaved.
“There was a bigger discussion around that point, especially when the movie came out on Disney+,” Miranda said. “Sally Hemings, even though we’re Black and brown plays all of these characters, is the only Black body in history to be on the show. And [director] Tommy [Kail] said, ‘I want to watch this again’… And what a blessing, that we all had a new rehearsal and the chance to discover something new. ”
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