The whole endeavor is tied to Disney’s upcoming animated movie, Moana – which stars Johnson and features original music from Miranda – and in a new short mockumentary, the pair discuss the magic of the stage while the production descends into chaos. “Theater is a beautiful living, breathing thing – to tread the boards is a duty and a blessing,” Miranda says, while the Rock adds: “As long as you don’t fuck it up.”
The pair go onto explain that Millennials was the brain child of a hot young director, Michael Palomar (played by Jack Jordan Norman), who pitched the pair via a Twitter DM. But as Miranda and Johnson pontificate on the intricacies of choreography and composing, as well as what emoji best describes them, Palomar embraces his artistic madness, nukes his show and attempts to rebuild it seven days before opening night. “I’m only doing this though because I see a fire deep in those eyes,” Palomar’s composer says after the director demands he rewrite the score. “I know,” Palomar replies, “I’m seeing a doctor for it.”
Millennials: The Musical will premiere on Johnson’s YouTube channel November 29th. Meanwhile, Moana opens tomorrow, November 23rd. Moana marks Miranda’s first major project since leaving Hamilton, though he began work on the film’s score and songs while still performing the in the show. Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina also contributed original music to the soundtrack.