Lin-Manuel Miranda as host of Saturday Night Live


As the host of Saturday Night Live, Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared in some half-dozen sketches (see photo collage below with links to the videos.) None were more satisfying than his  opening monologue. (link to video below.)

“It takes seven years to write a show, so I don’t know when I’m going to be back here.”

“Hamilton is one of the biggest hits ever on Broadway so that means most of you at home have no idea who I am.”

 The monologue segued into a rap that included a confrontation with the photograph of Donald Trump in the SNL hallway.

There were references during the show to The Music Man. Rent. Footloose. Hamilton. Grease 2. and Godspell.  And there were commercials for The Lion King, Aladdin, Hello Dolly, The Book of Mormon,The  Front Page, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Encounter, Hairspray Live coming to NBC, andHamilton’s America, the PBS documentary that will be broadcast October 21st.


Click on any photograph to see it enlarged, and to find the link to the video. (The most worthwhile are Wells Fargo Wagon and Diego Calls His Mom.)


Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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