Lin-Manuel Miranda on balancing work on "Moana," "Hamilton"

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Lin-Manuel Miranda shared his effort in escaping Disney songwriting pressures for "Moana" while balancing his work with the musical "Hamilton."

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Disney's latest animated feature, "Moana," enlisted the aid of Tony-award winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda to tell the story of a young teen's daring quest to prove herself.

"I think my job as a songwriter is to meet the moment as honestly as possible, and that's also the way you sort of get out from under the legacy of Disney film," Miranda shared.

"There's such an incredible history... You can't think about that. You can't sit at the piano and go 'Don't think about 'Let it go!''" he continued.

The songwriter kept himself busy over the past year, writing the music for both "Moana" and "Hamilton" simultaneously.

"I got this job seven months before we started rehearsals off Broadway so it was the perfect opposing muscle group," the songwriter said.

"Any time I was sick of writing raps for the founding fathers, I'd go sail across the ocean in my mind. That's the best when you can kind of procrastinate from work with other work and it keeps everything fresh," he added.

"Hamilton" will arrive in Los Angeles next year with tickets predicted to be difficult to purchase, as was the case in Broadway.

"When they go on sale have heart, don't give up hope. Don't buy from a third party source. Craigslist is not your friend. I have friends and family who have been scammed," Miranda advised. "Hang in there and buy them from the source."