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Lin-Manuel Miranda in Mary Poppins Returns, Hip Hop Musicals, Richard Sherman

Creator of the stage musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, talks about his starring role in Mary Poppins Returns.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the phenomenally successful stage musical Hamilton, is starring in Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic. He talks to John about following in the cockney footsteps of Dick Van Dyke, and how he referenced the original Mary Poppins in Hamilton.

As Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage musical Hamilton marks one year on the London stage this week, we look at whether it has created an increased appetite for hip hop musicals. Taking part are the Musical Director of ZooNation DJ Walde, who co-created the musicals Sylvia, Some Like It Hip Hop, and Into The Hoods; Professor of Musical Theatre, Millie Taylor; and Poppy Burton-Morgan, writer and director of the musical In The Willows.

Richard Sherman, now ninety, wrote the music for the original Mary Poppins with his brother Robert. In 2007 he came on Front Row to talk about composing for Walt Disney and performed Walt’s favourite song, Feed the Birds.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Kate Bullivant

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Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns
Disney's Mary Poppins Returns is released in cinemas on Friday 21st December, certificate U.
Image credit: Disney

Hip Hop Musicals

Hip Hop Musicals
Poppy Burton-Morgan wrote the book and lyrics for the new musical In the Willows, which tours the UK in 2019.
DJ Walde co-wrote the music and lyrics for Sylvia, which was on at the Old Vic earlier this year.
Image: ZooNation's Sylvia

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