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STAGE TUBE: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Miranda Sing 'The Word Of Your Body'

Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and internet sensation 'Miranda Sings' have taken on "The Word Of Your Body" from Spring Awakening in a new YouTube video....that you need to see to believe.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony Award-winning creator, composer-lyricist of Broadway's IN THE HEIGHTS who wrote the first incarnation of the show as a sophomore at Wesleyan College. Since its Broadway debut, IN THE HEIGHTS received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Score, Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical) and in 2009, Miranda was named as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama with Quiara Alegria Hudes, the show's book writer. Off-Broadway, IN THE HEIGHTS received 9 Drama Desk Nominations (including Best Music, Best Lyrics) and an award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. IN THE HEIGHTS also won the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Additionally, Lin-Manuel received an Obie Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show. IN THE HEIGHTS also took home a 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album.

Lin-Manuel received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Score as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Additionally, Miranda received a 2007 Theater World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance, and the 2007 Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performance courtesy of Actor's Equity Foundation. Lin-Manuel also received the ASCAP Foundation's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and is a National Arts Club Medal of Honor recipient.

Miranda is currently working on Universal Pictures' big screen adaptation of IN THE HEIGHTS where he will reprise his role as Usnavi. Kenny Ortega will direct. In addition, Miranda is collaborating with Tony award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) on the upcoming Broadway musical Bring It On. He has also contributed to the upcoming revival of Stephen Schwartz' Working and worked with Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim on Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway Revival of West Side Story. Earlier this year, Miranda performed for President Obama and the First Family at the White House for its first-ever Poetry Jam. His TV and film credits include The Electric Company, Sesame Street,The Sopranos, House and The Sex and the City Movie.

Miranda Sings is an internet character created by California-based theatre student Colleen Ballinger, and proliferated via YouTube. The character is a satire of increasingly common YouTube videos featuring mediocre or even bad singers who film themselves singing as a form of self-promotion. Miranda is supposedly from Tacoma, Washington, sings comically off-key, and, when confronted by viewers who take the videos seriously, uses the catchphrase "Haters back off!" The characterization includes facial tics, unusually active eyebrows and a crooked smile. She also wears lipstick drawn beyond all natural borders and often dances stiffly to the music she is performing. Ms. Ballinger's character has enjoyed widespread popularity, particularly among musical theatre fans, and has recently appeared as Miranda Sings at live club and theater venues in New York (The Minskoff Theatre, Jim Caruso's Cast Party), Los Angeles, Australia, and London (Ambassador Theatre).

 



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