I’m Hamilton’d out. This whole column’s about Alexander.
We start with no dude you’d miss in a crowd. Daveed Diggs. His new movie’s “Blindspotting” and he makes Times Square look like a ConEd failure. Big hair, gold-topped teeth, ruffled lavender shirt, green-and-black suit, shiny metal-rimmed glasses. Helen Keller could’ve seen him.
Pleasant, easy, smiling, Tony and Grammy winner for playing Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in “Hamilton.”
Where’s his awards? Answer: “I’m forgetful. I don’t remember. Maybe in my place in LA.”
OK, so about co-writing “Blindspotting” with co-star Rafael Casal: “It’s a buddy film. It took 10 years to do. Before ‘Hamilton’ I was a writer who grew up doing poetry. For 10 years we met with producers who tried financing this but didn’t. One of them had made only one single movie at the time.
“When ‘Hamilton’ came along, who thought it would be a success? I said: ‘This’ll be over in six months.’
“This movie we wrote is us. Stuff that happened to our friends. Fiction but based on friends. Some were in the audience when we previewed it in Oakland, Calif.
“A favorite hilarious scene’s in the beginning. It’s a misunderstanding where there’s too many guns which are in the car and comes off like a throwback to the old-time Abbott and Costello humor.
“We wrote on laptops. We passed information back and forth. Many conversations. If we were apart, one of us would send to the other.
“Look, parts of our film seem tough. But today’s world is tough. It deals with probation and that’s a hard trap set up for heroes. The story’s us.”
Types like Tina Fey, Mariska Hargitay, Questlove and Julie Taymor jammed the Angelika Film Center to see this buddy film by Daveed and his buddy Rafael.
‘Hamilton’ takes its shots
And then there’s “Hamilton: The Exhibition.” The play’s designer David Korins created a football field-sized exhibit for it, which opens — for some reason — in Chicago. So big, they need another year to build.
Mixing interactive scenography, lighting, sound, multimedia and music of 200 years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda helped with this creation.
Questions answered like “What’d Alexander, a trader in St. Croix, actually do? What’s his Manhattan look like? How’d we win the Battle of Yorktown?”
The exhibition follows the “Hamilton” app, which follows a mixtape, which follows the PBS doc, which follows the book “Hamilton: The Revolution,” which follows the cast recording, which follows Miranda’s songs from the musical.
Seen & scene
Britain’s Lily Collins, soon with David Oyelowo in TV’s six-part “Les Misérables,” was reading on Ischia’s Hotel Regina Isabella lounge overlooking the Mediterranean. Not looking at all Misérables . . . Duane, kid of Dickey Betts, co-founder of the Allman Brothers band, playing together Wednesday at the Beacon Theatre . . . Donnie Kehr (“Jersey Boys”) has his “Greatest Piano Men” show — three pianos with an eight-piece band — plinking in August.
How can Europe go wrong, what with many new political-appointee ambassadors being New Yorkers? From our uppest Upper East Side yet. Poland gets longtime Fifth Avenue resident Georgette Mosbacher. Hungary got Park Ave.’s David Cornstein. London got superrich duplex owner Woody Johnson. So: may NY strip steak, Junior’s cheesecake, Nathan’s hot dogs and Katz’s pastrami soon replace embassies’ lousy Ritz crackers and cheapo cheese dips.
Dr. Rock Positano: An intern examining a foot X-ray with eight fractures: “Any history of trauma?”
Patient: “No,” then, “is getting my foot run over by a vehicle the same as trauma?”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
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