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Backstage at the 2011 Tonys–writing lyrics for NPH!

2011 June 14
by Lin

So here’s how Tommy Kail and I spent Tony Sunday! Our task: Write a rhyming finale that incorporates and distills the entire evening, for Neil Patrick Harris to perform over the closing credits. We had two things in our favor: The absolutely fearless Neil, and our amazing assistant Sandra, who fed our work into the prompter all night, and was ready for whatever we threw at her. All in all, an unforgettable night!

And here’s the final performance:

13 Responses leave one →
  1. June 14, 2011

    I love what you’ve done for the Tony’s this year. You’re BRILLIANT! I’m looking forward to seeing In The Heights when it runs here in Manila. God bless you!

  2. Carissa permalink
    June 14, 2011

    Genius! :)

  3. Ileska permalink
    June 14, 2011

    A la verdad que quedó ca*rón!!! Great job! Congrats to both, the writers & the performer!!!
    Lin Manuel, a la verdad que eres orgullo boricua! Pa’lante!!! :)

  4. Christine permalink
    June 14, 2011

    LMM & Tommy Kail, you guys are amazing! Add the West Wing references and NPH…AWESOME. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Katherine permalink
    June 14, 2011

    Lin-manuel, eres fantastico! I love everything you do. I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  6. Anthony from The Heights permalink
    June 14, 2011

    As soon as NPH started his impressive performance of your incredible work I knew you were the writer! Kudos to you and Kail! ITH was an amazing experience. Your talents serve you well. You make us incredibly proud!

  7. June 14, 2011

    Sooo When I was watching and listening to NPH I thought of the incredible LMM. Knowing that you did this made me smile. I long to write as you do…Until then I will just keep writing.

  8. Elizabeth permalink
    June 14, 2011

    Rap was amazing! I knew you must have had a hand in it! You never cease to impress!

  9. Laura permalink
    June 14, 2011

    This sounded like you, Lin! I love your spin

  10. richa permalink
    June 14, 2011

    this is great. Just an fyi though…Josh Lyman didn’t do any writing. Toby and Sam did. Just saying.

  11. June 15, 2011

    I’m still learning from you, but I’m improving myself. I certainly love reading all that is posted on your website.Keep the posts coming. I liked it!

  12. Kristina Rodulfo permalink
    June 22, 2011

    Lin-Manuel and Kail, y’all are geniuses
    twist words to no fail, perfect lyricists
    Make us drop our jaws, pause, press rewind
    repeat what we saw.– blow our minds.
    You might never read this but if you do
    know this girl is totally,
    inspired by you.

  13. June 27, 2011

    Made my day once again, great post..two thumbs up!:)

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