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Episode 16
Lin-Manuel Miranda with Jeanine Tesori

Jeanine Tesori joins Lin-Manuel Miranda, the award-winning composer and lyricist behind In the Heights, to discuss how a show with humble beginnings became a worldwide phenomenon.

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LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA (born 1980)

Composer, Lyricist, Actor

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway’s In the Heights. In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Lin-Manuel receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Lin-Manuel 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 as well as the degree of Doctor of Human letters, honoris causa, from Yeshiva University.

Works include: In The Heights (2007); West Side Story (revival, additional dialogue) (2009); Working (additional songs) (2011); Bring It On (2011).


Current Productions: Bring it On: The Musical (music and lyrics) opened on Broadway August 1, 2012.


JEANINE TESORI (born 1961)

Composer, Arranger, Conductor

Jeanine Tesori has written three Tony-nominated scores for Broadway: Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center); Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan); and Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner; director, George C. Wolfe). The National Theatre production of Caroline, or Change in London received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Her first musical, Violet, written with Brian Crawley, received the NY Drama Critics Circle Award. She has received Drama Desk and Obie Awards, and was cited by ASCAP as the first woman composer to have "two new musicals running concurrently on Broadway." She composed the music for the New York Shakespeare Festival's Mother Courage, directed by George C. Wolfe and translated by Tony Kushner. Film scores include Nights in Rodanthe, Winds of Change, Show Business and Wrestling With Angels. She composed songs for the movie Shrek the Third and for the Disney DVD releases Mulan II, Lilo and Stitch II and The Little Mermaid III. Ms. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild.


Works include: Violet (1997); Thoroughly Modern Millie (music) (2000); Caroline or Change (music)(2004); Shrek (music)(2008); Fun Home (music)(2011).