I’ve liked Lin-Manuel Miranda for a good while now. I say that because I first saw him way before his Hamilton acclaim but definitely not too early in his career. I first saw him when he played a mental patient in the show House, and I thought he was excellent. But I can’t help think of one person when I admire all the accolades Miranda is getting right now: Roberto Benigni. Remember when Roberto was the “it” guy after winning his Oscar for Life is Beautiful? No one could stop talking about Benigni for at least a year. But what has Benigni done in the last decade? I’m not saying he doesn’t work. I’m simply saying I don’t think he’ll ever reach the status he did that one magical year. And I’m also not saying that’s a bad thing. It just is what it is.
What Lin-Manuel Miranda has done is almost unheard of. The man’s success in the last 365 days is nearly impossible to match so to expect him to ever catch fire like that again is unrealistic. But here’s what I’m wondering. After his role in the new Mary Poppins, is he going to fade away in similar fashion that Benigni has? Is his role in Mary Poppins because of the momentum he still has from Hamilton?
It would be perfectly acceptable of Miranda faded away into obscurity but I’m curious if that’s the path he’ll actually take. Or can Miranda stay on top as being one of the most talented men in show business? It’s a completely legitimate argument and I’m very curious to see what you guys think about it.