Danny Pino to Appear on Soundtrack for Film Adaptation of Broadway Musical “Dear Evan Hansen”

Danny Pino isn’t just starring in Dear Evan Hansen… He’s also appearing on the soundtrack.

Universal has announced the track list for the film adaptation of the award-winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, with the 47-year-old Cuban American actor among the talents appearing on the album.

Danny Pino

Pino appears on the film’s track “Requiem,” alongside Kaitlyn Dever and Amy Adams.

The soundtrack, which will be available on September 9 – the same day as the film’s theatrical release via Interscope Records, will also feature Sam Smith with Summer WalkerSZACarrie Underwood with Dan + Shay, Finneas, and Tori Kelly. They’ll be performing reimagined versions of the musical’s Tony Award-winning songs and as well as original recordings from the film’s score.

Dear Evan Hansen

Songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul also wrote original tracks for the movie adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen. The album also features 16 tracks that include recordings by the film’s cast.

“Pasek and Paul’s songs from the Dear Evan Hansen stage play are so amazing and timeless — newly recorded by our film’s cast for the soundtrack (and freshly produced by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Alex Lacamoire and Dan Romer, and supervised by Jordan Carroll) — and they’re now also complemented by two new original songs written for the film (with one of them co-written and performed in the film by Amandla Stenberg),” Mike Knobloch, president of global film music and publishing at Universal Pictures, tells Billboard.

Pino portrays Larry Mora in the film.


Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases Latest #Hamildrop

Lin-Manuel Miranda is ready to (Hamil)drop it like it’s hot…

The 38-year-old Broadway star, rapper and actor, who created the smash musical Hamilton, and composer John Kander have released the latest #Hamildrop.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Kander created the music and Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen) led his orchestra to play it.

“So they’re cheering for me now/ In streets, hear them cheering for me now/ Right up Broadway they’re cheering for me now/ And one day all the enemies I’ve made might hold their own parade,” sings Miranda, musing about opportunity and promise in the place he calls home.

The black and white video that accompanies the new single shows Miranda, who also wrote the lyrics, singing alone on a stage in costume as Hamilton’s titular character. The footage is overlaid with scenes of modern-day New Yorkers.

Miranda dreamed up the idea of Hamildrops (monthly Hamilton-inspired singles covered by various artists) in lieu of creating a sequel to the Tony Award-winning Broadway show’s mixtape.

Miranda will reprise his role as a founding father in a three-week Hamilton engagement in Puerto Rico in January.

Bedella Wins Olivier Award for His West End Performance in “In The Heights”

David Bedella’s career is reach new award-winning Heights

The 53-year-old Mexican American television and musical stage actor took home the prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at last night’s Laurence Olivier Awards.

David Bedella

Bedella won the award for playing the role of Kevin Rosario in the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights at the Kings Cross theatre in London.

It’s Bedella’s second Olivier award, following his win in the Best Actor in a Musical category for his performance in Jerry Springer – The Opera.

Meanwhile, the show’s star on Broadway Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Olivier Award for best score for the current London production of In the Heights — the show Miranda conceived, wrote, scored and starred in before doing the same for current musico-historico blockbuster Hamilton.

But that’s not all… In the Heights choreographer Drew McOnie won, as did Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman, the show’s orchestrators and arrangers.

2016 Olivier Award winners featuring Latinos:
Outstanding Achievement in Music:
 In The Heights,  music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, orchestrated and arranged by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman, at King’s Cross Theatre.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical: David Bedella, In The Heights.