Saturday, January 7, 2012

My Name is Lin-Manuel Miranda

It has been announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony-winning composer of In the Heights, as well as that show's original leading actor, will adapt Chaim Potok's novel My Name is Asher Lev for the stage. Miranda will team up with his Heights book writer Quiara Alegría Hudes.

“It was my favorite book growing up,” Mr. Miranda told The New York Times. “I’ve reread it countless times, and I finally obtained the rights last year. In a lot of ways that book speaks profoundly about what it is to be an artist and to feel a responsibility to your culture and your people.” Written in 1972, My Name Is Asher Lev tells the story of a young Hasidic Jew who dreams of living a life as an artist in New York City.

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