new york heights

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s dressing room is literally a bedroom, albeit a very small one. The kinetic 28-year-old star and composer of In the Heights, the new pan-Latino pop opera that celebrates the Inwood-Washington Heights neighborhood Mr. Miranda grew up in, has outfitted his room at stage right like an 8-year-old boy’s, with items that speak to his own affinities, not his characters’. There are Transformers sheets for the bunk bed that’s above his dressing table, a television set and PlayStation 2, and a G.I. Joe Cobra Commander poster on the door. The stuffed monkey next to his pillow isn’t a transitional object, he said. It’s a prize from a claw machine in Times Square. “I’m only good at two things,” Mr. Miranda said, “writing music and the claw. And I’m unbelievably good at the claw.” He proffered his guest book, which has been signed by his parents, his grammar school music teacher and his director, Thomas Kail, who wrote, “You are all hype.”

Besides the bunk bed, the other notable feature of this closetlike room is its grass cloth walls, put there, as the bed was, for Joel Grey when he played Amos Hart in Chicago in 1996.

[Sources: Setting the Stage, Offstage on The New York Times; pic by Tony Cenicola, HQ version from LinMiranda.com]

Let us all take a moment and appreciate the joy of Vanessa and Lin’s relationship. They are absolutely adorable!

Musical theatre asks
  • Broadway/theatre -
  • Musical: Name?
  • Broadway: Sexuality?
  • Times square: Gender?
  • New york city: Height?
  • Big Apple: Age?
  • Broadway star: Eye color?
  • Merch: Hair color?
  • Stage: Religion?
  • Overture: Where were you born?
  • Orchestra: What are some of your hobbies?
  • Front row: What languages do you speak?
  • Balcony: Do you play an instrument?
  • Playbill: Do you play any sports?
  • Backstage: Do you have any pets?
  • Rehersal: Piercings?
  • Mic check: Tattoos?
  • Opening night: Glasses or contacts?
  • Audition: What time is it right now?
  • Musicals -
  • Wicked: Favorite food?
  • Phantom of the Opera: Favorite color?
  • Chicago: Favorite animal?
  • Sweeney Todd: Favorite movie?
  • Les mis: Favorite quote?
  • Into the woods: Favorite drink?
  • Newsies: Favorite song?
  • Seussical: Favorite band?
  • Songs for a new world: Favorite happy memory?
  • Hairspray: Favorite flower?
  • Pitch perfect: Favorite scent?
  • West side story: Favorite Tv series?
  • Pippin: Favorite game?
  • Thoroughly modern millie: Favorite youtuber?
  • Rent: Favorite character?
  • Heathers: Favorite book?
  • 9 to 5: Favorite fairytale?
  • Grease: Favorite mythical creature?
  • If/then: Favorite author?
  • Jekyll and Hyde: Favorite name?
  • 25th annual Putnam county spelling bee: Favorite Season?
  • Urine town: Favorite time of day?
  • A chorus line: Favorite actor/actress
  • Kinky boots: Favorite ride at an amusement park?
  • Anything goes: Favorite hairstyle?
  • Book of mormon: Favorite joke?
  • Lion king: Favorite show when you were a kid?
  • Little mermaid: Favorite ice cream flavor?
  • Singing -
  • Soprano: Ever been in love?
  • Mezzo: Ever had a crush?
  • Belter: Ever fallen out of love?
  • Alto: Ever asked someone out/ been asked out?
  • Contralto: Ever cheated/been cheated on?
  • Tenor: Ever been kissed?
  • Baritone: Ever been cuddled?
  • Bass: Ever been heartbroken?
  • Vocal range: Ever been in a relationship?
  • Warm ups: Have you always known your sexuality?
  • Breathing: When was the last time you had a crush?
  • Pitch: Do you want to marry one day?
  • Note: Do you like someone now?
  • Posture: Does someone like you?
  • 16-32 bars: Are you in love with love?
  • Dancing -
  • Theatrical: I like your blog
  • Lyrical: You're cute
  • Jazz: Date me?
  • Vaudeville: I wish we talked
  • Hip hop: Do you have a secret?
  • Tap: I like ____ about you
  • Modern: I wish I was you
  • Ballet: I want you to notice me
  • Ballroom: Did you like this past year?
  • Line dancing: Do you like me?
  • Tango: I wish we lived closer
  • Free style: *hug*
  • Acting -
  • Character: Winter or summer?
  • Script: Fall or spring?
  • Actor: Ice cream or hot chocolate?
  • Actress: Fruit or vegetables?
  • Line: Hugs or kisses?
  • Stage fight: Early bird or night owl?
  • Stage kiss: Dresses or sweatpants?
  • Stage presense: LA or NYC?
  • Projection: Breakfast or dinner?
  • Emotion: Hot weather or cold weather?
  • Monolouge: Art or sports?
  • Dialouge: Coffee or tea?

“So what happens if we win?”