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Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘Mary Poppins Returns could boost audiences for stage musicals’

Lin-Manuel Miranda. Photo: Howard Sherman

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has said movie musicals such as Mary Poppins Returns could inspire audiences to see more live theatre and believes they enrich the genre.

Miranda, whose musical theatre writing credits also include In the Heights, stars in the upcoming sequel to the classic Disney film in what is his first major role on the big screen.

He told The Stage he hoped Mary Poppins Returns would encourage cinemagoers to see shows on stage – including the musical adaptation of the original Mary Poppins, which returns to the West End next year.

He said: “I’m thrilled with the rise of musicals in general. I love that Mary Poppins Returns comes out in the same year as Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and A Star Is Born. You couldn’t pick three more different films, so the more stories that musical films can tell, the healthier [musical theatre is] as a genre.”

Miranda appears in Mary Poppins Returns alongside Emily Blunt as the eponymous nanny.

The film is directed by Rob Marshall, who was responsible for the screen adaptations of stage musicals Chicago, Nine and Into the Woods.

It has music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Miranda, who appeared in both Hamilton [1] and In the Heights [2], said performing someone else’s songs in a film of this scale felt like “the fruit of all the hard work” he had put into his career so far.

“For my whole career I feel like I’ve been building the dumb waiter and climbing it myself, and with this I was offered the opportunity to be in a film of this calibre, with an incredible cast and Marc and Scott’s songs – it felt like the fruit of all the hard work I’ve been doing for my whole career,” he said.