Miranda on Co-Writing Acts for the Tony Awards

Lauren RubensteinJune 11, 20131min
Miranda '02, Kail '99 wrote the closing wrap-up rap together during the telecast

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 spoke to The Wall Street Journal about co-writing the opening and closing (with Tommy Kail ’99) acts for the Tony Awards this week. The team also co-wrote the closing wrap-up rap for Tony’s host Neil Patrick Harris two years ago.

This year, Miranda said, Harris wanted to up the ante. “Neil’s like, how about I do a magic trick? How about I jump through a hoop? Can that rhyme be more complicated? I mean he just embraces a degree of difficulty that I’ve never seen. It’s a joy to write for him,” Miranda said. “It’s crazy to write for someone who can do everything.”

Videos of the opening and closing acts are at the bottom of the article.