Lin-Manuel Miranda visited The Late Show With Stephen Colbert October 16—the date of the release of his new book G’morning G’night: Little Pep Talks For Me & You. The book is a compilation of Miranda’s tweets, illustrated by Jonny Sun.
In the video above, Miranda says the book happened “because of my terrible addiction to Twitter. You should not give someone who likes an audience an audience in their pocket.” He began the tweets in 2011 as “a way of clocking office hours for myself.”
Sun was the person who suggested Miranda make a book of the tweets, an idea to which Miranda had to warm. “I said, ‘But I make them free.’ He said, ‘But Lin, people like something they can hold. And that touched my heart, and so we made a book.”
Miranda also spoke about the difference between London audiences compared to Broadway audiences when it comes to watching his Revolutionary War-set Hamilton.
“I sat next to Prince Harry and Megan Markle, and [King George III]'s his sixth great-grandpa. Direct descendant. We're sitting in a theatre named after his fourth great-grandma,” he said. “But it played really well, they dig it.” Miranda also revealed the one line that always gets a laugh in the West End that never got a laugh on Broadway.
The creator and actor will soon prepare to star in the upcoming Puerto Rico engagement of Hamilton. “I'm getting back in the blouse for three weeks,” he said. “And all the money will go to arts organizations in Puerto Rico.”
Miranda exited the Broadway production in July 2016 and will have some brushing up to do. But he’s excited to bring the story to the island, especially because he feels it closes a loop in history. “The reason Hamilton left the Caribbean and came to The Colonies was because of a hurricane. ... He never went back,” he said. “Now 200 years later, because of the aftermath of a deadly hurricane we are bringing the company of Hamilton back to the Caribbean to pay it forward and close the loop here.”
Watch the full interview above.