One of the most talked-about men in show business these days, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is going to be on an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The Hamilton creator and Mary Poppins Returns star has a special place in his heart for the sitcom, and now he is making a guest appearance. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming episode.
Who is Lin-Manuel Miranda?
Even those who don’t follow theater have heard of Hamilton: An American Musical, a Broadway play about founding father Alexander Hamilton. Miranda wrote the music and lyrics to the show, and also starred as the eponymous character in the original production. He won a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy, and multiple Tonys for Hamilton, which features not only singing, but also rapping.
But Miranda has made his impact in other areas of entertainment as well. He won an Emmy for the song “Bigger!” which was performed at the Tony Awards in 2014. Miranda is just one award away from an EGOT (the name given to winners of the four major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), though he was nominated for an Oscar for the song “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana in 2016. Recently, he starred as Jack in Mary Poppins Returns.
Who will he play on Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
Earlier this year, it was announced that Miranda would be appearing on an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Detective Amy Santiago’s brother, David. An image was shared of the actor with Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta, his brother-in-law. The episode, titled “The Golden Child,” is poised to be an intriguing look into the the sibling dynamics of the Santiagos, as Amy is known around the 99th precinct as a bit of a perfectionist. Melissa Fumero, who portrays Amy, retweeted a video of the two dancing together.
Miranda is a big fan of the show
Those who follow Brooklyn Nine-Nine are likely not surprised by Miranda’s casting. When the series was canceled by Fox back in May 2018, Miranda was one of its most vocal supporters, taking to Twitter to demand it be picked up by another network. That kind of push from a big celebrity can make a huge difference, and when NBC announced it was bringing Brooklyn Nine-Nine back, creator Dan Goor thanked Miranda and the others who showed their support, and expressed that he hoped he would be able to make an appearance.
He’s coming back from a Twitter break for the episode
Miranda is generally an active Twitter user, as noted above. However, he took some time off to write over the past couple of months, which also coincided with the end of the Puerto Rico leg of his new Hamilton tour, in which he reprised his starring role. But according to his Twitter, which was recently updated by his good friend, Sara Lesin, Miranda plans to come back to live-tweet the episode when it airs on March 7, 2019. It will be exciting to have him back and to see his reaction to the (presumably) hilarious episode.