Lin-Manuel Miranda and His Influence on Modern Musical Theatre Many people would consider Tony Award winning composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda a genius. With his musicals In the Heights and Hamilton, Miranda has been able to relate to modern audiences. His innovative uses of hip-hop, diverse casts, and commentary about race and immigration in his musicals allow his works to stand out amongst other modern Broadway shows. A large contribution to Miranda’s ability to write such powerful and original musicals is his upbringing. Lin-Manuel Miranda was born to Dominican immigrants. His father came to the United States at the age of 18 without knowing the English language in order to receive his post-doctorate education at New York …show more content…
Miranda wrote this musical because he knew that there weren’t many roles for Latino/a actors that existed in musical theatre for him as an actor, and that scared him. Similarly, Miranda created roles for people of color in his musical Hamilton, which premiered on Broadway in 2015. This musical tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton. The characters that are portrayed in Hamilton, who were based off of real people, were all white in real life. Miranda chose to have them played by people of color, however, to make the story more relatable and accessible to a contemporary audience (Miranda). Often times people put the founding fathers on a pedestal,but Hamilton portrays them in a relatable, humanistic light. The fact that the cast consists of people of color furthers the audience connection to the story because America today is racially diverse; audiences wouldn’t be able to connect to the story as well if the actors were all white because that is not the America that the audiences are familiar with. People of color can now view themselves as a part of American history through Hamilton’s diverse casting. In history class, many people of color cannot personally relate to the information taught because a majority of American history was written from a white perspective. Hamilton allows people of color to feel like they are an …show more content…
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Ernesto Arturo Miranda was born on March 9th 1941 in Mesa, Arizona. Miranda had a rough childhood and constantly acted out in school due to losing his mother at a young age and having a bad relationship with his father. Miranda was criminally convicted for the first time during his eighth grade year and in the following year, convicted of burglary. Due to his charges, Miranda was sentenced to reform school, only to be released in 1956. After being locked up for two years the eighteen year old traveled back to his home state, Arizona, and kept busy working for various companies until he became a laborer on a night loading dock for a Phoenix company.
Rachel Rodriguez is a singer-songwriter who blends together her Latino heritage, rock n roll attitude, and soulful voice to give her a unique sound. She has released her own self-titled album “Rachel Rodriguez” as well as a bilingual children’s album titled “Songs for My Little Amigos”. Her schedule includes performing with her band, teaching Creative Movement & Music in schools around Nashville, and being a wife and mother. Through an interview with Rodriguez, I was able to get a better understanding of her background, the role music plays in her life, and what she loves about what she does.
GREAT TRIBUTE A JUAN GABRIEL: Juan Gabriel , whose real name was Alberto Aguilera Valadez , was born on January 7 1950 in Parácuaro , a town in the state of Michoacan , but as a child his family moved to Juarez in Chihuahua , where he was placed in an orphanage because her mother I could not keep it . It was there where he learned music and years later he could turn around a difficult childhood to become an icon of Mexican music , composer of hundreds of songs over the past four decades have been performed by world-class artists .
The decision by Lin-Manuel Miranda to portray Alexander Hamilton to be of a minority race is quite interesting and it symbolizes the theme for the entirety of the play. Miranda’s creation of the play is further explained in “Alexander Hamilton as an Immigrant” an article that states, “Miranda notably uses his production to cultivate a laudatory personal dimension in his portrayal of its historical subject matter. Throughout the production, he emphasizes the story of Hamilton as a self-made immigrant…” (Magness 497). This quote gives readers an insight to Miranda’s reasoning for playing the role of Alexander Hamilton as a Hispanic man.
Jonathan Larson’s musical Rent is a story of the people, written solely for the purpose of bringing reality to the stage and the world. Larson creates a cast list of people so real they resemble those of his own life, and create such a text that the entire focus is on the characters, not the plot. Through the realistic development of these characters, Larson and his loved ones become a prevalent source and foundation of his goal to expose the reality of America at the end of the millennium. Larson is able to infuse his own biographical elements into the skeleton of the musical, so that even long after his death, his legacy, life, loved ones, and passions live on. Larson wrote Rent in order to bring the reality of America’s social state to
Victor Villasenor was born on May 11th, 1940 in Carlsbad, California where his parents had settled down after immigrating from Mexico. He grew up on a ranch with his four siblings in Oceanside where they only spoke spanish until they went to school. Because Victor only spoke spanish he was bullied by teachers and students alike for his heritage and inability to do well in school. Being bullied and ridiculed when he was a child is why Villasenor was insecure about where he came from and who he was, and inevitably shaped him into who he was in and out of school. Villasenor did poorly in school because he had trouble with English and reading he primarily got all D’s and F’s, and had to retake third and fourth grade because he flunked, which resulted with him resorting to cheating the rest of his academic career.
The film “Dear White People” written and produced by Justin Simien is based on a campus culture war at an ivy league University. The University mainly consisting of white students causes mayhem when a Halloween party occurs and actions take things too far. Justin focused on four black students, their encounters and interactions with their peers. One character in particular brings me to my topic of race. Samantha White, a biracial student who is set on fixing things on campus between white and black students.
In the Heights a play full enthusiasm and full of energy, it won many awards including a Tony award it was produced and directed by Lin Manuel Miranda. It was performed in Irvington Town hall Theatre on August 15 ,2014. It is a musical that carries a lot of messages, that brings connection to many people about wanting to experience something new and wanting to find home. Usnavi a man who live and own a Bodega in Washington Heights want to connect to his root in the Dominican Republic by going back since he hasn 't gone in a long time.
Hamilton is a particularly emotionally charged piece, as it deals with themes of love, loss, ambition, and tragedy. For instance, the song "It's Quiet Uptown" offers a moving portrayal of grief in the aftermath of a terrible family tragedy. This song and others like it make audiences experience powerful emotions that resonate with them long after the performance. In this way, the musical makes a compelling emotional appeal to its audience, which bolsters its persuasive
After viewing Episode 2 “The Story We Tell” and reading over the Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Race, I came to realized one main point of the video and article caused me to question what I believed about race. Growing up I was only taught about significant historical events involving race but never about race specifically. Thus, the idea that “race and freedom were born together” sparked interest in my mind. Through watching the video, I learned that while American was primarily founded on the fact that “All men are created equal” it never truly defines what being a “man” entails. The video goes on in saying that in regards to the Declaration of Independence, slaves were not necessarily considered “men”.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Lin-Manuel Miranda revolutionized American culture, but specifically theater, music, and entertainment. Lin-Manuel was born January 16th, 1980 in Manhattan, New York. In the 1980’s, musicals and theater were very popular, but the idea of hip-hop music in them was not even thought about. However, Lin-Manuel Miranda changed that dramatically, and as a result, we have some very great works like Hamilton, and In The Heights that Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote. Some of the reasons Lin-Manuel Miranda revolutionized American Culture are because he was very brave, because he revolutionized the way Americans thought about American history with one of his most famous works Hamilton, and because he brought people closer together by combining
Where do we draw the lines between adoration and mockery, influence and appropriation, and individuality and stereotyping? Accordingly, the racial subject has always been a touchy topic to discuss, but with the lasting effects that the black minstrelsy has left in the society, we most definitely need to deal with the racial subject. Only this way can the American society move forward both as a nation and as a species, and through such efforts, only then can we ensure that such history can never repeat
Multiple sources of inspiration were utilized in the creation of Rent the Musical. Writer Jonathan Larson’s primary source of inspiration while creating Rent the Musical was Giacomo Puccini 's most notable opera, La Boheme. Alison Kronberg, writer
A comparison of the Beijing Opera and the Italian Opera reveals a significant contrast in almost all fundamental areas of music between the two examples. Because of cultural influences, the two performances share little commonalities, as the timbre, medium, elements of pitch, rhythm, dynamics, form and phonic structure are definitely not similar. For instance, the musical and physical performance dynamics of the Beijing opera music are forceful, the timbre is loud, tinny and harsh, the rhythm is lively and vigorous, while the Italian Opera music has a gentle dynamic, steady and rolling rhythm and an emotionally deep timbre. One commonality that is noted for both examples, is the powerful delivery of the entertainment.
The 19th century’s huge theatrical evolution included many drastic changes, most notably, the inclusion of black theatre troupes to form. The emergence of this is a huge influence in today’s theatre. Hanners mentions the importance of the black theatre troupe by saying, “The ability of black troupes to establish a foothold in American show business, the period of the minstrel show remains one of America’s great artistic and social tragedies” (Hanners 33). The emergence of black troupes made way for incredible black actors and performers, most notably Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the black tap-artist who starred alongside