The Team „The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter, that’s proven,” says Miranda. „And this is not a singular art form – it’s 12 art forms smashed together. We elevate each other. And two, it’s enormously gratifying because you can build things so much bigger than yourself”.
Almost no musical on Broadway has had the same person contribute idea, story, music, lyrics, and lead performer. Still, Miranda didn’t do everything himself. There was also his „cabinet” – director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire. Lac, as he’s called, is music director, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and keyboard player. He explains, „I feel like I have such a strong opinion about how I think something should sound. But also because I know what Lin is looking for. I feel like I know how I can execute his vision” (Hamilton’s America). One reviewer notes:
This may be the most collaborative business there is, so credit goes in equal measure to every part of the creative team, even if the profiles take the „solitary genius” approach. Kail; Alex Lacamoire, music director; Andy Blankenbuehler, choreographer – Miranda calls it „The Cabinet.” It’s all one thing. One brain. They all worked together on In The Heights. You see them at rehearsal, in the calm eye of the Broadway hurricane, working and working and reworking what already works. They gesture with their coffee cups to the lights, the wings, the turntable. Maybe try this, maybe trim that. Maybe coffee is the real genius. „It’s about making the best possible thing,” Miranda says.