HamilDrop: Ben Platt & Lin Manuel Miranda Mashup “Found Tonight”
FOR THE KIDS
Found Tonight with Lin Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt and all of Troupe 10036
I’m an ardent fan.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an amazing talent.
His Puerto Rican roots make it even more significant for me.
He has shown immense interest in social causes.
Benjamin Schiff Platt (born September 24, 1993) is an American actor and singer known for originating the role of the title character in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, a performance for which he has won numerous awards.
Here you have two amazing talents joined for a common cause for the future of the children of this nation.
A song dedicated to the ‘March for our Lives’ movement.
This is for students and young leaders everywhere.
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March 19, 2018 by Jenny Singer
The heart-stopping anthem released on Monday, March 19, by Lin Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt to celebrate the “March For Our Lives” gun violence prevention actions this weekend needs no introduction, only some background.
The three-minute song, “Found Tonight,” mashes up Miranda’s “Story Of Tonight” from his smash musical “Hamilton” and the song “You Will Be Found,” from Platt’s star turn in “Dear Evan Hansen,” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
This means the song draws from one story about teenage revolutionaries, and another about teens triumphing over despair.
The song begins with a rewritten line from “Hamilton” – instead of “we may not live to sing our glory,”
Platt sings, “we may not yet have reached our glory.”
All the proceeds from downloads of the song go to “March For Our Lives,” a gun violence prevention demonstration that will take place on March 24 in Washington DC.
Platt’s extraordinary gift for vulnerability and vocal sublimity are on display here, as is Miranda’s once-in-a-generation passion.
An American Musical is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The show, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, achieved both critical acclaim and box office success.
Vice-president elect Mike Pence made a surprise visit to watch the award-winning Broadway show Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre Friday night, November 18, and received a loud chorus of boos from the audience as he made way to his seat.
At the conclusion of the show, cast members addressed Pence’s appearance – as a group locked in hand-to-hand – behind Brandon Victor Dixon who delivered the message noted above.
Trump Has Tantrum After Hamilton Cast Member Addresses Mike Pence From The Stage
On Sunday, June 12, when Mr. Miranda accepted his award for best score for “Hamilton” at the Tony Awards, his second Tony win in this category, he said he was too old to freestyle.
So he wrote a sonnet instead, addressing his love for his wife, Vanessa Nadal, as well as the shooting massacre that left 50 people dead early Sunday in Orlando, Fla.
My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.
~Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Sonnet/Speech from the 2016 Tonys~
~~Published on Jun 12, 2016~~
God bless you, Lin-Manuel. Pray for Orlando.Pray for an end to hate in all its twisted forms. And most importantly, pray for love.
I haven’t been fortunate enough to see Lin-Manuel in Hamilton (and I’m sure now I never will)… But the first time I saw him interviewed, I became a huge fan. And my love for him grows more and more with every public statement he makes.
Passion for your art is a rare, beautiful, and precious thing. I’ve never seen anyone exude passion — and COMPASSION — as much as Lin-Manuel does.
This sonnet is (rightfully) getting worldwide attention, but you can find the same humanity throughout his work, and his life.
We so rarely reward art in its purest, most authentic form. For that reason alone, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s well-deserved success feels like a victory for artistic souls everywhere. I hope he never stops creating, and inspiring, and challenging us to do better.
Thanks for reading this far. Thanks for the upvotes and comments. Please keep the discussion civil. Above all, take care of each other.
Tony Award winner James Corden, who emcees “The Late Late Show” on CBS, will host the 70th Annual Tony Awards this June, Sunday 12.
No road rage here:
“Late Late Show ” host James Corden, who is emceeing this year’s Tony Awards ceremony (airing on CBS on Sunday, June 12), brought his trademark “Carpool Karaoke” to the streets of New York City, where — by pure serendipity! — he was able to offer rides to some of Broadway’s leading luminaries.
Riding along with Corden are the stars of four of this year’s most acclaimed productions
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the musical “Hamilton,” nominated for a record 16 Tonys
Alexander Hamilton: A life made for the stage (“Sunday Morning,” 03/08/15)
The making of the “Hamilton” cast album (“60 Minutes,” 01/10/16)
Six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald, starring these year in the musical “Shuffle Along“
“Shuffle Along”: Re-imagining Broadway history (“Sunday Morning,” 12/20/15)
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald and Billy Porter on bringing “Shuffle Along” to life (“Sunday Morning,” 12/19/15)
Broadway baby Audra McDonald (“Sunday Morning,” 05/25/14)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a Drama Desk Award-winner for Outstanding Solo Performance for “Fully Committed“;
Jesse Tyler Ferguson on his work husband, foodie antics (CBS News, 05/27/16)
Jane Krakowski, nominated for a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony for “She Loves Me.”
With James Corden hosting the Tony Awards, he calls on Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski to get him through New York traffic while they sing tunes from Hamilton, Les Misérables and other Broadway classics.
The United States ten-dollar bill ($10) is a denomination of U.S. currency. The obverse of the bill features the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, who served as the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 1789–95.
The reverse features the U.S. Treasury Building.
PUERTO RICAN PRIDE
Hamilton is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The show, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, achieved both critical acclaim and box office success.
The musical made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater in February 2015, where its engagement was sold out. The show transferred to Broadway in August 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. On Broadway, it received enthusiastic critical acclaim and unprecedented advance box office sales, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Off-Broadway production ofHamilton won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as seven other Drama Desk Awards out of 14 total nominations.
The hip-hop musical about America’s first Treasury secretary added another mark of distinction:
It was nominated for 16 Tony Awards, more than any other show in Broadway history.
“IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”
It’s Official! Sara Bareilles’ Waitress Sets 2016 Broadway Arrival
The musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 indie beaut Waitress, with songs by Sara Bareilles and Tony-winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) in the title role, opened in its Broadway tryout at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.
Slated to begin performances in March 2016 at the Nederlander-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the show is staged by Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin). Advance word has been good, making the musical one of the most eagerly anticipated of the new season.
Beantown critics were mostly upbeat on the show, and more than positive on Mueller’s performance as an unhappily married pregnant waitress with a gift for piecraft.
“Adhering closely to the film but replacing its droll interspersing of offbeat pop and classical bursts with an original score, Waitress is the singing, dancing equivalent of chick lit,” wrote Carolyn Clay, writing for public radio station WBUR.
“Smartly then, Paulus has matched it to a mostly female creative team, the cleverest choice being that of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles as composer/lyricist.
Bareilles has never before undertaken a musical, but her pulsing, piano-driven tunes and sincere, ringing ballads both carry the story and set the now quirky, now aching mood.
Sara Beth Bareilles (born December 7, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and New York Times Bestselling author of her memoir Sounds Like Me. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single “Love Song“, which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Bareilles has sold over one million records and over seven million singles in the United States alone and has been nominated for a Grammy Award five times as well as earning a nomination for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, considered by many to be the most prestigious award in the US music industry.
Sara Bareilles sings “She Used to Be Mine” from WAITRESS the new musical based on the film by Adrienne Shelly which premiered at the A.R.T. at Harvard University on August 2, 2015 and closed September 27, 2015.
Book by Jessie Nelson
Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly
Choreographed by Chase Brock
Directed by Diane Paulus
In response to the tragic suicides among the LGBT youth across the nation, young stars of Broadway have come together in song.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
It Gets Better is an Internet-based 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in the United States by gay activist, author, media pundit, and journalist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller on September 21, 2010, in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay.
Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the message that these teens’ lives will improve. The project has grown rapidly: over 200 videos were uploaded in the first week, and the project’s YouTube channel reached the 650 video limit in the next week.
The project is now organized on its own website, the It Gets Better Project, and includes more than 50,000 entries from people of all sexual orientations, including many celebrities; the videos have received over 50 million views.
Grandpa Elliott Small, born Elliot Small on July 10, 1945, also known as Uncle Remus, is a veteran street-musician in New Orleans, Louisiana. He plays the harmonica, sings, and is a street icon in New Orleans.
Today we celebrate the birthday of our hero, Grandpa Elliott, who has been an inspiration for millions of people around the globe and truly personifies how music can help make this world a better place.
Grandpa has been performing in the streets of New Orleans for over 60 years and he now tours all over the planet with the Playing For Change Band, spreading the message of a movement dedicated to connect the world through music.
Thank you Grandpa for bringing so much soul and great music to our lives.
Growing up in the Lafitte Housing Projects, Small developed a love of music as a young boy, in part to deal with the pains of an unhappy home life. Small’s uncle was a professional musician who worked with Lloyd Washington of the Ink Spots, and often let his nephew come to the Dew Drop Inn to hear them play. One day when his uncle left for work without his harmonica, Small picked it up and put it to his mouth. “Oooh, it was awful,” he said, laughing. “He chewed tobacco. I had to sterilize that thing.”
The uncle gave young Elliott a harmonica, and he fell in love with the sound of the mouth harp, teaching himself by playing along with the music on his mama’s radio. At home Small’s mother favored classical music, giving the youngster diverse tastes at an early age. Teaching himself to dance from watching Fred Astaire movies on television, Small began performing on street corners for change, dancing while singing and playing his harmonica.
“They brought me to New York to tap on Broadway when I was 6 or 7, and my mama got killed up there,” he said. The man they lived with beat them both and ended up killing his mother. After it happened, his grandmother brought Small back to New Orleans and gave him and his older sister Frances a good life. “She was a sweet old lady,” he said. “My stepfather was a man who did not love his child,” he said. “But my uncle would come to the house, and play the harmonica to me.”
Small developed the persona of Grandpa Elliott, an old man dressed in blue denim overalls, a bright red shirt, Santa beard, and a floppy hat who played blues harp and sang for the street traffic on his corner at Royal and Toulouse streets in the French Quarter, right where he started out. He often teams with guitarist Michael “Stoney B” Stone and they have become an institution in New Orleans for the people who stop to listen to them and throw change in their bucket.
His act was even written up in The New York Times in 1995. He arrives here most mornings by taxi and spends his days singing his soulful songs and playing his harmonica. It’s the place where everybody knows his name.”When I feel sick, I come out here to feel better,” he said. “The French Quarter is my medicine.” Small said he doesn’t even know what beer tastes like and he’s never touched drugs and the only thing he smokes is the exhaust from the cars that pass Royal and Toulouse.
And his listeners reward him with dollar bills and treasures, like the gold wedding band he wears on his finger. “A lot of people walk around with plastic now instead of cash, so they throw what they can,” he said. “Some of the rings I get out of my bucket even have diamonds on them.”
~~Playing for Change~~
Small did not completely lose his sight to glaucoma until 2005. It was in that year that recording engineer and producer Mark Johnson launched a project called Playing for Change, dedicated to promoting international unity through music. He began recording performances by street performers from around the world. Johnson heard Small sing the Ben E. King hit “Stand by Me” and immediately recorded him singing the tune on Royal Street, making his performance the centerpiece of a video featuring performances of the number by a handful of artists.
In 2009, after the “Stand by Me” video was posted online, it racked up over 60 million plays on YouTube (2014), and suddenly Small had an international audience. Small signed on for a tour with a band of musicians affiliated with the Playing for Change project, He has also been on The Tonight Show and The Colbert Report. He performed to a crowd of more than 40,000 at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, on June 30, 2009, playing the “Star Spangled Banner” on harmonica and singing “God Bless America.”
Later that same year, the Playing for Change Band came to New Orleans to accompany Small on his debut CD Sugar Sweet, released November 3, 2009, an eclectic collection that includes gospel, blues, soul and what Small calls “some strong love songs.” Keb Mo’ also accompanied on the album. Small is the first artist to be signed to Playing for Change Records/Concord Music Group. The whole experience taught him to trust people again. “Mark Johnson changed my life,” he said. “He made me lift my head up.” Small has been featured on Playing for Change in several episodes.
From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes “Stand By Me”, the first of many Songs Around The World produced by Playing For Change. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.