Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A little school pride

So it turns out that one of my high school classmates won a Tony the other night and also a nod from the LA Times for best Tony moment:

Here's what gets my vote: when Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted the Tony for best musical score for "In the Heights," rapping madly with joy. Backstage, he revealed to us that he'd made up most of it as he went along. If true, this chap is a Broadway genius, as proved when he sang to the composer of "Sunday in the Park with George" in the audience: "Mr. Sondheim, I made a hat . . . where there never was a hat . . . . and it's a Latin hat at that!"...
By doing a rap riff on that "Sunday" scene in his own acceptance speech for "Heights," Miranda was more than just paying homage to a master. Miranda was showing us that he has the potential to be the next Sondheim — and the Latin one at that. It was a bravura, bone-chilling moment and, it turns out, that much of it may have been impromptu at that. Which makes it all the more impressive still.

I'd like to point out that Mr. Sondheim, who has won a record five Best Musical Tonys and who received an honorary Tony that night, attended my college - so, you know... double pride-whammy for moi. By proximity. Or something.

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