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Lin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980) is an American composer, lyricist, singer, and playwright best known for composing and appearing in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton.
His accolades include a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2018.
Miranda wrote the songs and lyrics for the 2008 Broadway musical In the Heights.
His work received the Tony Award for Outstanding Original Score, the show's cast album received the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and the show received the Tony Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, and the Tony Award for Best Musical Theatre Album was given to him.
Miranda was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his lead role.
He received more attention for writing the book, music, and lyrics for Hamilton, which has been praised as a pop culture phenomenon since its Broadway debut in 2015.
The show received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and was nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards, 11 of which included Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book.
Miranda was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for her portraying the titular role.
The Hamilton cast album debuted on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart in 2015 and was later named as the 11th-biggest album of the 2010's; The Hamilton Mixtape, a collection of songs from the musical created by and starring Miranda Miranda, debuted on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart in ten weeks. Miranda's television appearances include recurring roles on The Electric Company (2009–2010) and Do No Harm (2013).
For the first time in 2016, he hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time, receiving his first Emmy Award nomination for actor.
Miranda performed in "How Far I'll Go" and received an Academy Award for Best Original Song and Best Original Song; and in the film "How Far I'll Go" by Christopher Lee, he appeared as Jack in the musical comedy Mary Poppins Returns (2018), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Miranda has been politically active, most notable on behalf of Puerto Rico.
After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in 2017, he spoke out in favour of debt relief for Puerto Rico and increased funds for relief efforts and disaster relief.
Early life and education
Lin-Manuel Miranda was born in New York City on January 16, 1980, to Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, a clinical psychologist, and Luis Miranda Jr., a Democratic Party strategist. José Manuel Torres Santiago, a Puerto Rican writer, inspired the name "Lin-Manuel" from a poem about the Vietnam War. He was raised in Inwood's neighborhood. He is of Puerto Rican descent. He spent at least one month per year with his grandparents in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, during childhood and teens. Luz, the Chief Financial Officer of the MirRam Group, a government and communications consultancy firm, is Miranda's older sister.
Miranda attended Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School. Journal Chris Hayes, Miranda's first director, was described by Hayes as "a 20-minute musical with a maniacal fetal pig in a nightmare [Miranda] had cut up in biology class." Although Immortal Technique, who mocked Miranda, was one of his classmates, the two boys later became best friends. Miranda began writing musicals at school.
Miranda drafted the first draft of In the Heights, his first Broadway musical, as a student at Wesleyan University in 1999, his sophomore year of college. Miranda performed freestyle rap and salsa numbers after being accepted by Wesleyan's student theater company, Second Stage, and the performance was the first in 1999. Miranda wrote and directed several other musicals at Wesleyan College, as well as acting in various other productions ranging from musicals to William Shakespeare. In 2002, he graduated from Wesleyan University.
In 2010, Miranda Nadal, a high school friend, married Vanessa Nadal, a high school acquaintance. Miranda, as well as the wedding party, performed the Fiddler on the Roof song "To Life" at the wedding reception. Nadal was a partner with Jones Day, a law firm. Sebastian, Miranda and Nadal's first son, was born in November 2014. Francisco, the couple's second son, was born in February 2018. Sebastian was named after the Jamaican crab from The Little Mermaid, one of his favorite films, but he was adamant enough to write the music for the live-action version. Sebastian was the first name to be included in Moana's Production babies credits, for which Miranda wrote the songs.
Miranda discovered that he was related to artists Residente and iLe of Calle 13 at a 2009 concert by the group in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Miranda was invited to perform. Residente and ILE's mother revealed their ties to Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, the founder of the Puerto Rican Independence Party, backstage. Miranda and Residente have since confirmed their friendship. Miranda appeared on the opening track of Residente's self-titled debut album in 2017.
Miranda Miranda Miranda Miranda is a cousin of professional baseball player José Miranda Miranda.
Miranda joined the United States after a meeting with President Barack Obama in March 2016. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, and other Democrats' voices have called for congressional intervention in Washington to support a bill that would enable Puerto Rico to declare bankruptcy and significantly reduce the nation's debt burden. Miranda was particularly active in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico, and by December 2017, the Hispanic Federation's fundraising for rescue operations and disaster relief had risen.
Miranda uses funds from Hamilton to support Graham Windham, a non-adoption company established by Eliza Schuyler Hamilton Hamilton. Miranda appears at their fundraising gala dinner in New York City and helps raise money for children in foster care.
On March 24, 2018, he performed "Found/Tonight" with Ben Platt at the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence march in Washington, D.C.
Lin-Manuel decided to take on and play the protagonist role in Hamilton, Puerto Rico, after being battered by hurricanes Irma and Marra, with at least $15 million to be channeled by the Flamboyán Foundation. In order to use the University of Puerto Rico theater as the stage for the musical's appearance in January 2018, the Miranda family donated nearly $1 million to bring it up to par. Following tickets that sold out in two hours for the three-week run, producers decided to move the already-installed set to the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in Santurce, where the performances lasted from January 11 to January 27. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were donated to the Ferré Performing Arts Center by the project.
Miranda argued in favor of the passing of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), a bill that seeks to restructure Puerto Rico's debt following Hurricane Maria. The legislation resulted in the closure of over 200 public schools, changes to government service compensation, and budget cuts at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). Protests surrounded the 2017 policies, with UPR suspending operations due to student strikes over the changes. Miranda, especially when he appeared in Hamilton, Puerto Rico, was chastised for his activism on the bill as well as the musical's subject matter of the island's oppressor. Miranda appeared on the news show that he had seen PROMESA as the only bipartisan solution to the debt crisis earlier, but he does not endorse the austerity steps proposed and believes full debt relief should now be pursued. He has argued for complete debt-relief for the island and also stated that the 2016 law did not result in the promised relief.
Miranda and John Buffalo Mailer worked with producer Thomas Kail to rewrite In the Heights in 2002. Quiara Alegra Hudes, a playwright, joined the team in 2004. The musical appeared in Connecticut in 2005 and first opening at the 37 Arts Theater off-Broadway in 2007, and then moved to Broadway in March 2008. It was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, four of which were coveted, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It also received the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Miranda's role in Usnavi's leading role earned him a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Miranda died on February 15, 2009, when she was cast in the Broadway production.
Miranda played In the Heights from June 23 to July 25, 2010, when the national tour of In the Heights ran in Los Angeles. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, he joined the tour once more. Miranda joined the Broadway cast as Usnavi from December 25, 2010 to January 9, 2011, after 29 previews and 1,185 regular performances.
During this period, Miranda created other works for the stage. For the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story, he wrote a Spanish language dialogue and collaborated with Stephen Sondheim to translate into Spanish song lyrics. He appeared at bar and bat mitzvahs during his time in exile. In 2008, composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz was invited by composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz to write two new songs in a revised version of Schwartz and Nina Faso's 1978 musical Working, which opened in Saraso, Florida, in May 2008.
Miranda wrote for the Manhattan Times as a columnist and restaurant critic during his time as an English teacher at his former high school and created music for commercials.
Miranda co-founded Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip hop revival band that has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as the Aspen, Melbourne, and Montreal Comedy Festivals in 2003. In 2014, the group produced a limited television series for Pivot, which culminated in a positive reception at the Booth Theatre in a self-titled show.
Bring It On: The Musical with Tom Kitt and Amanda Green co-wrote the music and lyrics. Bring It On premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, in January 2011. In Los Angeles, California, the musical opened a national tour on October 30, 2011. It was limited to Broadway at the St. James Theatre, beginning with previews on July 12, and then officially opening on August 1, 2012. On December 30, 2012, it came to an end. It was nominated for Tony Awards in the categories of Best Musical and Best Choreography.
Miranda appeared in Merrily We Roll Along in February 2012 as Charley in a Encores. A staged concert at the New York City Center was held.
An Emmy Award for his song "Bigger" was given to him in 2014. "For the opening number at the 67th Tony Awards, he and Kitt co-wrote "" which he and Kitt co-wrote."
Miranda narrator for the show's single performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 7, 2014, and wrote music and lyrics for the one-act musical 21 Chump Street. He appeared in the Encores later this month. Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick is back on DVDs. Under Jeanine Tesori's artistic direction, boom! Oliver Butler produced the show.
He appeared in a comedy duo The Skivvies earlier this year.
Lin Manuel Miranda read Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton and, inspired by the book's biography, wrote a rap about Hamilton, which appeared in the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009, accompanied by Alex Lacamoire. Miranda later said he spent a year writing "My Shot," rewriting it countless times for every verse to reflect Alexander Hamilton's intellect. Miranda had a lengthy series of pieces based on Hamilton's life by 2012, which he later referred to as the Hamilton Mixtape. It's been described as "an obvious game changer" by the New York Times.
Hamilton: In January 2015, an American Musical premiered off-Broadway at The Public Theater, directed by Thomas Kail. Miranda wrote the book and scored, as well as starring as the title character. The show received rave reviews, and its attendance was sold out. The New York Historical Society awarded Chernow and Miranda for their efforts in arranging the musical. The show began previews on Broadway in July 2015 and opened on August 6, 2015, receiving rave reviews. Over 700 people waited for lottery tickets on the first night of Hamilton previews. The Hamilton ticket lottery converted into Ham4Ham, a series of outdoor mini-performances for lottery participants that was hosted daily by Miranda and cast members for more than a year until August 31, 2016. Miranda received a 3% royalty on each performance of Hamilton, netting him $12.7 million by July 2017. Hamilton received a Tony Award for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical, as well as a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Miranda received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the Musical, and the Hamilton cast album received the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Miranda received the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award in May 2016 for his role as Alexander Hamilton.
Members of Hamilton's cast performed at the White House and hosted workshops on March 15, 2016; Miranda performed freestyle rap from prompts held up by President Obama. Miranda and Jeremy McCarter published Hamilton: The Revolution, a book describing Hamilton's rise from conception to Broadway success and shedding light on the show's cultural revolution.
Miranda appeared at his last show in Hamilton on July 9, 2016, but vowed to return to the show. Miranda portrayed Alexander Hamilton for a three-week run in Puerto Rico, January 11-27, 2019, for which the engagement was sold out in three hours in November 2018. Chris Jones praised "deeper on-stage emotions" in Miranda's resurrection, as well as improved vocal and dance technique on Broadway.
Miranda Miranda's Hamilton's America, a documentary about the show's creation, premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 1, 2016, and premiered on PBS' Great Performances series on October 21, 2016. On July 3, 2020, a taping of Hamilton's OBT version of Hamilton was announced on Disney+.
Miranda sang of Loud Hailer's offstage cameo in Les Misérables' Broadway revival on January 24, 2016, fulfilling his childhood dream of being in the show as the first time he heard on Broadway.
Miranda appeared in a small role in the Walt Disney Pictures live-action film The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012).
Miranda consulted with Disney in the winter of 2013 and delivered Walt Disney Animation Studios with a six-song demo reel. This was the start of a line of collaborations with the corporation:
Universal Pictures reported on November 7, 2008 that they intend to make In the Heights a hit film for release in 2011. However, the project was delayed in March 2011 due to Universal's quest for a "bankable Latino actor" like Shakira or Jennifer Lopez rather than unknown celebrities. Miranda announced in January 2012 that the film version was back in the discussion; in May, Miranda will co-produce the film with Harvey Weinstein and support from The Weinstein Company; in May 2016, Miranda announced that Miranda would coproduce the film with Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company. Jon M. Chu joined the musical's film director on June 10, 2016. Weinstein's producer credit on the film was revoked after a string of sexual assault charges against him, although the film was eventually auctioned off to Warner Bros. for $50 million. Although Miranda played Usnavi, he felt he was too young to play as Usnavi in the film version. In the end, Miranda played the "Piragua Guy" in the film, rather than Piraguero. According to him, the Broadway performance was a "miraculous experience." I went from substitute teacher to Broadway composer. I'll never make a leap that big again in my life. I was so happy to allow Anthony Ramos and this enthralling cast their own story." Miranda has worked as a producer, appeared alongside Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, and Jimmy Smits. The film was supposed to be released on June 26, 2020, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on the film industry. On June 10, 2021, it was released in theaters and briefly on HBO Max.
Miranda plays the titular character and performed eleven songs for Vivo, a Sony Pictures Animation film directed by Kirk DeMicco that was released on Netflix in August 2021.
Miranda would make his debut as a film director with Tick, Tick, according to Imagine Entertainment in July 2018. Dear Evan Hansen librettist Steven Levenson will script Boom! Miranda co-produced the film with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, which was released on Netflix in 2021.
Miranda agreed to appear as executive producer and composer of Lionsgate's film version of The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss in 2016, as well as a tie-in television series. He was not attached to the project anymore in 2022.
Miranda has also worked in film and television. In the two-hour season six premiere episode of House, he appeared on television show "Remember When," and in 2009, he appeared in Juan "Alvie" Alvarez, Gregory House's roommate in a psychiatric hospital; he reprised his appearance in a two-hour prime episode of House. He appeared and performed the theme song for Sesame Street. Murray Has a Little Lamb appeared on Sesame Street on occasion. He was a composer and actor on The Electric Company's 2009 revival, and appeared in the CollegeHumor cartoon "Hardly Working: The Rap Battle," portraying himself as an intern and rapper.
During this time, he appeared on television many times. In the 2011 episode "Good Cop Bad Dog," he appeared on the television show Modern Family. He appeared in the NBC drama Do No Harm as Ruben Marcado in 2013. In an all-verse episode titled "Bedtime Stories" that aired in November 2013, he appeared in CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
Miranda performed an emotional rap about helping the island restructure its debt on April 24, 2016, on the television show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Miranda appeared on Saturday Night Live on October 8, 2016, and he appeared in two episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2017, receiving Emmy Award nominations for both appearances.
Miranda performed the theme song for Netflix's original series The Magic School Bus Rides Again, the sequel and sequel to the 1994 series The Magic School Bus. In the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode "The Golden Child," he appeared as Amy's brother (David Santiago). Miranda teamed up with TV producer Norman Lear to produce an American Masters documentary about Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno's life, entitled Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It. It premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Miranda, in association with Brittany Howard, Daveed Diggs, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and Robert Lopez, wrote the lyrics for the song "Checks and Balances," which was performed by Benjy Brooke for the 2021 Netflix animated film "We the People."
Miranda appeared as an executive producer on the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon based on Broadway dancer, choreographer, and dancer Gwen Verdon's relationship with Broadway dancer, choreographer, and producer Bob Fosse and his wife dancer Gwen Verdon. Miranda also appeared in All That Jazz as Roy Scheider. Miranda was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series as an executive producer, earning critical praise.
In the BBC series television adaptation of His Dark Materials (2019), Miranda was cast as Lee Scoresby. "While I acknowledge that Miranda was miscast as Pullman's narcotic American masculinity," the Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg praised him, "he" requires you to reconstruct an image of American manliness around him, giving him exactly what the series needs."