Cover of The Dramatist Season in Review 2022-2023
Broadway Show: New York, New York with Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda by Bronwen Sharp for The Dramatist
Photo: Bronwen Sharp

What is a favorite memory from this season?

It’s very hard to describe what it feels like to sit next to John Kander when he’s composing. He’ll say something to the effect of, “What if it’s something like this...”And then his hands are moving, and the melody and the harmonies and the rhythm are happening at the same time, it comes all at once, and your job as the lyricist is to start writing something, anything, so that when he looks up you’ve got something to sing along to it.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda

is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter, actor, director, and producer. Creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. Among his many other accolades, achievements, and contributions, he wrote additional lyrics for this season’s New York, New York.