Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently an Oscar shy of earning an EGOT and is responsible for ushering in a new wave of what is possible in the realm of musical theatre. “In The Heights,” “Hamilton,” and even “Bring it On! The Musical” are filled to the brim with banger after banger, but there’s a certain tone and energy to his work that doesn’t exactly fit the edge of “The Warriors.” This is a story proudly coated in blood, sweat, and filth, and LMM’s work has a crispness that often crosses into corniness that might not meld. Then again, LMM is the type of creative who is constantly surprising me, like his fantastic (and grounded) film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s “Tick, Tick…BOOM!” I will gladly eat crow if LMM pulls this off, but I’m going to firmly remain in the camp of “cautious” until he leaks a song.
Then again, the more I think about it, a musical adaptation of “The Warriors” from Lin-Manuel “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” Miranda could accidentally become something brilliant. As gritty as “The Warriors” is, there’s also an inherent campiness to the pageantry of the rival gangs and the way they express toughness. I mean, “West Side Story” is considered one of the greatest musicals ever made and the whole plot is centered around rival gangs. I also think he could write the absolute hell out of a song for my favorite gang, The Lizzies, because the harmonies he writes for women are unquestionably incredible. Oh my god, am I talking myself into being on board with this?!
Regardless, it’s happening, and now we wait to see how it all shakes out.