Jennifer Lopez has her sights set on Broadway and is urging her Tony-winning friend Lin-Manuel Miranda to write her a starring role.
The pop star recently recruited the Hamilton creator to feature on her track Love Make The World Go Round, a benefit song for those affected by the shooting massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub last month (Jun16). And now she’s hoping Lin-Manuel will return the favour by writing her a musical to star in that will be an even bigger hit than his 11-time Tony-winning show.
“He’s going to write me this amazing thing – it’s going to be better than Hamilton,” Jennifer joked to E! News. “I’m going to star in it. I’m going to win the Tony.”
“No pressure,” Lin-Manuel responded. “Better than Hamilton, no pressure. Seven years of my life!”
But the Selena star assured him she is more than willing to wait for it, adding, “You can take your time. It’ll be fine. I’ll be here.”
And as a testament to Jennifer’s patience, she also held off on using Love Make The World Go Round on her latest album, revealing she knew it was worth holding on to. The lyrics took on a whole new meaning for her when she listened to it again after the 12 June (16) attack, when a gunman shot and killed 49 people and injured another 53 at gay nightclub Pulse.
Instead of using one of her frequent rap collaborators, she opted to give fellow Puerto Rican Lin-Manuel a ring after he delivered an impassioned speech about spreading love at the Tony Awards, which took place in New York just hours after the massacre.
Since its release last week (ends09Jul16), Love Makes The World Go Round has been at the top of the iTunes chart and 100 per cent of the proceeds will benefit the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando initiative, which was set up in the wake of the shooting tragedy to provide mental health services for the survivors and families of the victims.