Lin-Manuel Miranda

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

Lin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980) is an American composer, rapper, lyricist, and actor. He wrote the Broadway musical In the Heights, for which he won numerous accolades, including a Tony and a Grammy Award. It opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2008, and Miranda starred in it as Usnavi.

Miranda was born in northern Manhattan, New York City, New York. He grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan and is of Puerto Rican descent. Miranda married Vanessa Nadal, a high school friend who grew up with him in Washington Heights, in September 2010, after dating her for five years.

The principal female character in In the Heights, Vanessa, is not based on Nadal, as many people believe. At the wedding reception, Miranda, along with the wedding party, presented Vanessa with a group rendition of the Fiddler on the Roof song “To Life”. The video was posted on YouTube and quickly became popular on the internet.

Miranda received an honorary degree from Yeshiva University during its May 14, 2009 graduation ceremony. He is the youngest person to receive an honorary degree from Yeshiva University. His show In the Heights is based in the upper Manhattan community of Washington Heights, which is also home to Yeshiva’s campus. Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City, presented Miranda with the degree and remarked about first meeting him when Miranda was seven years old.

After graduating from Hunter College High School, Miranda went on to attend Wesleyan University and graduated in 2002. During this time, he co-founded a hip hop comedy troupe called Freestyle Love Supreme. He wrote the earliest draft of In the Heights in 1999, his sophomore year of college. After the show was accepted by Second Stage, Wesleyan’s student theater company, Miranda worked on adding “freestyle rap … bodegas, and salsa numbers.” It played from April 20 to 22. Miranda wrote and directed several other musicals at Wesleyan. He also acted in many other productions, ranging from musicals to Shakespeare.

In 2002, Miranda and Mailer worked with director Tommy Kail and wrote five separate drafts of In the Heights that were dissected. During this time, Miranda worked as an English teacher at his former high school. After making it off-Broadway, the play went to Broadway in 2008.Miranda made his last performance in the Broadway show on February 15, 2009.

However, Miranda reprised his role of Usnavi when the national tour of In the Heights played in Los Angeles, California from June 23 to July 25, 2010. The tour continued without him at the helm until it played in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he played Usnavi.

The Broadway production played its final performance on January 9, 2011 after 29 previews and 1,185 regular performances. Miranda reprised the role of Usnavi from December 25, 2010 until the closing of the production.
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Hamilton

Miranda made The Hamilton Mixtape, a hip hop album based upon the life of Alexander Hamilton. He performed the song Alexander Hamilton playing Aaron Burr at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009, accompanied by Alex Lacamoire.

Hamilton, a new musical based on the earlier Hamilton Mixtape work premiered Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in January 2015. The show stars Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, and was directed by frequent collaborator Thomas Kail. The show received positive reviews, and is expected to open on Broadway in July 2015 (previews) at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Hamilton has 16 Tony Awards Nominations

Best Musical

Best Book of a Musical Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Leslie Odom, Jr.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Phillipa Soo

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Daveed Diggs

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Jonathan Groff

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Christopher Jackson

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Renée Elise Goldsberry

Best Scenic Design of a Musical David Korins

Best Costume Design of a Musical Paul Tazewell

Best Lighting Design of a Musical Howell Binkley

Best Direction of a Musical Thomas Kail

Best Choreography Andy Blankenbuehler

Best Orchestrations Alex Lacamoire

 

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