How John Leguizamo Changed The Way Lin-Manuel Miranda Viewed Theater
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Lin-Manuel Miranda may now be the toast of the town, but he hasn’t forgotten the Latino star that showed him theater’s limitless possibilities.
In a Vanity Fair piece titled “How John Leguizamo Taught Lin-Manuel Miranda to Embrace Being ‘Young, Gifted, and Latino’,” the creator of “Hamilton” gives a personal account of the first time he saw “Spic-o-Rama,” the HBO one-man show Leguizamo wrote, produced and starred in.
“I remember popping in the cassette and seeing John Leguizamo leap across the stage in orange baggy jeans and braces, playing the dorky, nine-year-old Miggy,” Miranda recounts in the piece. “Then he was Crazy Willie, a Persian Gulf War vet with serious relationship issues. Then Raffi, a flamboyant would-be Elizabethan actor in Jackson Heights. It slowly dawned on me that Leguizamo was playing every member of his hilarious, dysfunctional family, on his own electric terms.”
Miranda, who is now one Oscar away from being a MacPEGOT winner, wrote the piece as Legui
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