Man, that man works nonstop! No, we’re not talking Alexander Hamilton, but the man behind the Broadway version of the Founding Father, Lin-Manuel Miranda. When he’s not off wowing the sold out crowds with “Hamilton,” or working on the music for the upcoming Disney film Moana, Miranda will be stepping into some new shoes: Jack, a lamplighter, along side Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins in the soon to be Disney film.
It was reported recently that Miranda would be playing the role, but only this week was the role confirmed to be his. Fans of the original Disney Mary Poppins don’t need to fret. He won’t be taking the role of Bert made famous by Dick Van Dyke, as the new Poppins will focus on the other tales in author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series. Audiences will get to see what Mary Poppins got up to when she wasn’t dancing with penguins or on a carousel race.
Besides Blunt and Manuel, the film is bringing along Rob Marshall, who helmed the recent big-screen adaptation of Into the Woods, to direct. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind Hairspray, Smash’s Bombshell and the Broadway-bound Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will compose a new score and original songs.
Sounds like a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious recipe for success!