Miranda says the dancing in ‘Poppins’ was challenging
Working on “Mary Poppins Returns” put Lin-Manuel Miranda in a comfort zone, sort of.
The theater actor, composer and creator of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” knew the film’s director, Rob Marshall, from such stage and screen credits as “Cabaret” and “Chicago.” And he knew the work of the composers, Marc Shaiman and ScottWittman of “Hairspray” fame.
But there was one thing that didn’t come naturally to Miranda, even if he’s known as a musical theater pioneer – the choreog- raphy.
“I think the dancing was the most challenging aspect for me, because if you watch ‘Hamilton’ carefully, there’s a lot of incredible dancing in there, Hamilton does almost none of it. He’s standing and he’s got a lot of words to say,” Miranda said.
The learning curve was made a little easier thanks to the film’s generous nine-week rehearsal period.
“What happens when you do that with the film company is, they become a company. We were a company of actors together by the time we were starting this journey,” he said. “We all rehearsed together and that was formidable and made me feel at home.”
In the new film, Miranda plays Jack the lamp lighter opposite Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins.