His two nominated songs from Mary Poppins Returns have been withdrawn from the ceremony. But the former Hamilton creator won’t give up on the movie world
With ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ and ‘Encanto,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda isn’t throwing away his movie shots
Lin-Manuel Miranda is understood to have withdrawn both his songs from this year’s Tony awards, leaving Mary Poppins Returns as the only Disney musical nominee, despite taking home six Tonys for the original Broadway production of Hamilton.
It’s the latest in a string of blows for the 40-year-old, whose career has never been quite the same since his Grammy-winning 2013 album Original Broadway Cast Recording’s, Soundtrack for a Revolution, was formally released as the cast recording for his own smash hit musical Hamilton.
Despite racking up post-Hamilton success in film and television (including Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Hamilton), Miranda is still very much enmeshed in the theatre.
Both his songs from Mary Poppins Returns – the sequel to the 1964 musical starring Julie Andrews – had already been nominated for best original score, as well as for best song. In the event, they were cited as important to the sequel but were pulled after speculation by the New York Times that their inclusion risked glamorising children.
Other nominations of Dolly Parton’s Tennessee native, which included nominations for Dolly Parton’s reworking of I Will Always Love You and an original song, I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), were dropped after the director, Rob Marshall, came under pressure from the show’s actors and Elaine Paige, who performed the role as an actress. Parton, however, pulled out herself.
While Miranda is enjoying continued success as a director, co-writer and actor (NBC’s Bob Greenblatt recently announced he was joining the network’s cast of Will & Grace), with Clint Eastwood’s mafia caper American Idol facing cancellation, the Grammy-nominated composer/actor/creator has dropped out of projects in Asia. He has also been replaced as a judge for TV’s Next Great American Band, according to news outlet Variety.
“When I told my family and friends that we were moving to China, they were shocked that I chose the wrong musical,” Miranda said, picking up a recently granted visa to visit his mother there.
The 2019 Tony awards, hosted by Glenn Close, will take place in New York on 14 September.