If you were moved by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acceptance sonnet at the Tony Awards, check out this T-shirt bearing his beautiful “Love is love” sentiment that will help Orlando victims and the LGBT community. Montclair’s own Jessica Sporn took Miranda’s words and created the design for the shirt. Sporn, an actress and artist, is also known locally as the founder of Glen Ridge’s Gas Lamp Players.
Working together with Broadway Cares, the profits from the shirts will benefit efforts to secure equality & justice for Florida’s LGBTQ community and the victims of the Orlando tragedy. The T-Shirts are currently sold out — not surprising after Miranda tweeted about it on Thursday.
So here's a thing that speaks for itself.
I'm very excited about it and it's a way you can help.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 16, 2016
Miranda rarely finds time to sleep, let alone cross state lines on his night off, but tonight, he tells me with a grin, he is headed to the town of Montclair on a matter of family justice: He needs to settle a score among some fourth graders. One of them has been going around telling his classmates that his uncle is the Hamilton in Hamilton, creator of the cultural juggernaut that recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This is true. But 10-year-olds are skeptics; they require physical proof. So Miranda is making a special appearance in the auditorium of the stately Montclair Kimberley Academy, where he will, as he puts it delicately, “rub it in all those kids’ faces. This is in my job description as cool uncle. And if I can’t use my powers for that, what am I even doing?”