The Reason I Love ‘In The Heights’

 

This pretty much says it all. Lin Manuel Miranda is the Latin Sondheim.

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No One Is Alone

It’s no secret that I am a Sondheim lover. In fact, meeting him is on my ‘inspirational people I’d like to meet’ bucket list, a list that I’ve been lucky enough to have started checking off already! To me Sondheim is able to articulate what we know is right, what we feel inside, but what we can’t put words to ourselves. He does this with such ease, precision and humour that we barely know we’re absorbing these wonderful morals and lessons.

Into The Woods is perhaps my favorite Sondheim musical, and one that I go back to a lot. No One Is Alone is one of the highlights of the show and one of its more well known songs. I remember seeing this clip on the Rosie show years ago and feeling so far away from it all. It seemed like a fantasy land that I wanted to be a part of. Who would have known that I’d one day get to see the show, work with The Baker, and spend plenty of time in NYC.

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Be Free To Sing

(Source: ciott, via miranatee)

I saw this and it reminded me of one of my favorite composers. Stephen Sondheim knows what he’s doing and how to get a message across. I’ve said it before. Listen to his lyrics….he can change the world.

My cage has many rooms,
Damask and dark.
Nothing there sings,
Not even my lark.
Larks never will, you know,
When they’re captive.
Teach me to be more adaptive.
Green finch and linnet bird,
Nightingale, blackbird,
Teach me how to sing.
If I cannot fly,
Let me sing.

– Stephen Sondheim

Everybody

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Everybody’s got the right to be happy,
Don’t be mad, life’s not as bad as it seems,
If you keep your goal in sight, you can climb to any height,
Everybody’s got the right to their dreams.

Stephen Sondheim (Assassins)

Words of Wisdom

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Anything you do,
Let it come from you.
Then it will be new.
Give us more to see.

Sunday In The Park With George (Stephen Sondheim)

Into The Woods

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If you know
What you want,
Then you go
And you find it
And you get it –
And you give
And you take
And you bid
And you bargain
Or you live
To regret it.

Into The Woods (Stephen Sondheim)

Arthur Laurents

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Everybody needs something impossible to hope for.”
– Mama Rose (Gypsy)

Stephen Sondheim Forever

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Oh, If life were made of moments… Even now and then a bad one… But if life were only moments… Then you’d never know you had one.