How does a Tony-winning composer-lyricist follow up a hit musical like “Hamilton?”
In the case of Lin-Manuel Miranda, its joining the music team for the upcoming Disney animated film “Moana.”
Collaborating with Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed,” “Tarzan,” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka), Miranda will be helping bring to life the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania where a spirited teenager and born navigator named Moana sets sail in search of a fabled island. Initial descriptions of the film reveal plenty of opportunities for Miranda and the rest of the musical team to flex their creative muscles as Moana encounters enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and a legendary demi-god named Maui.
Receiving the 2008 Tony Award for “Best Score” for his work on “In the Heights,” Miranda has gone on to co-compose (with Tom Kitt), and co-write the lyrics (with Amanda Green) for Broadway’s “Bring it On: The Musical,” which was nominated for the 2013 Tony for “Best Musical.”
Lin-Manuel’s musical, “Hamilton,” (book, music and lyrics by Miranda, in addition to playing the title role) had its World Debut at The Public Theater in NYC in January 2015. The Public Theater production received a record-breaking 10 Lortel Awards, 3 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 8 Drama Desk Awards, the 2015 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical and the 2015 OBIE Award for Best New American Play. The play has since opened on Broadway to both audience and critical acclaim and
has been nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
In addition to his theatrical accolades, Miranda received an Emmy Award with Tom Kitt in 2014 for their song, “Bigger” from the 67th Annual Tony Awards telecast. Miranda has also performed for President Obama and the First Family at the White House during its first-ever Evening of Poetry & Spoken Word.
“Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on November 23, 2016.
For more about Disney's "Moana," visit http://movies.disney.com/moana
For more about Lin-Manuel Miranda's life and career, visit www.linmanuel.com
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