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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 16 January 1980New York City, New York, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the first incarnation of "In the Heights" his sophomore year at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Off-Broadway, "In The Heights" received nine Drama Desk nominations, including best music, best lyrics, and it won the award for outstanding ensemble performance; received the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical; received the Obie Award for outstanding music and lyrics; received a Theater World Award for outstanding debut Performance and the Clarence Derwent Award both for Mr. Miranda's performance. He is the recipient of the 2007 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. He has appeared on The Sopranos (1999) and Sex and the City (1998), House (2004), and The Electric Company (2006). He is also a co-founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip-hop comedy group that tours comedy festivals all over the world.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Liebman Entertainment LLC

Spouse (1)

Vanessa Nadal (5 September 2010 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Graduated from Hunter College High School in New York, New York.
Was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "In the Heights" collaborating with Quiara Alegría Hudes.
Is a member of the New York-based hip-hop comedy troupe Freestyle Love Supreme with Chris Sullivan, Bill Sherman, and Chris Jackson.
Was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a leading actor in a musical in 2008.
Won the Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) for "In the Heights" in 2008.
Completely rhymed his Tony acceptance speech for original score (Music or Lyrics) for "In the Heights" in 2008.
Miranda and his wife, Vanessa Nadal-Miranda, welcomed their first child, a son named Sebastian, on November 10, 2014.
Was awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" on September 29, 2015.
Miranda won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for writing the book, music, and lyrics for Hamilton: An American Musical. The citation read, "A landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible." Since the drama Pulitzer was first awarded in 1918, it has only been given to a musical nine times; the musicals before Hamilton to win a Pulitzer were: George and Ira Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing (opened in 1931; awarded in 1932), Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific (opened in 1949; awarded in 1950), Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's Fiorello! (opened in 1959; awarded in 1960), Frank Loesser's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (opened in 1961; awarded in 1962), Marvin Hamlisch, Ed Kleban, James Kirkwood, and Nicholas Dante's A Chorus Line (opened in 1975; awarded in 1976), Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George (opened in 1984; awarded in 1985), Jonathan Larson's Rent (workshopped in 1993; opened and awarded in 1996), and Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt's Next to Normal (opened in 2008; awarded in 2010).

Personal Quotes (5)

Ed Koch once said that New York City is where immigrants come to audition for America. That's what happened to my parents; that's what happened to me.
[re favorite episode of The Twilight Zone (1959)] Pretty much anything William Shatner is in is great. He's great at playing that "I'm the only one sane in the world" character. What "Twilight Zone" did was show we all have a great capacity for good and evil. In the best works of fiction, there's no mustache-twirling villain. I try to write shows where even the bad guy's got his reasons.
[Miranda's June 15, 2008, acceptance speech (in the form of a freestyle rap) after winning a Best Score Tony Award for "In the Heights." The speech contained a reference to an earlier piece of musical theater, Stephen Sondheim's 1984 show Sunday in the Park with George--specifically, it's song "Finishing the Hat," in which an artist relates the difficulties of creating art and balancing his personal life to the act of painting a hat.]

I used to dream about this moment, now I'm in it. Tell the conductor to hold the baton a minute. I'll start with Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman; Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, and Jill Furman. Quiara, for keeping the pages turning. Tommy Kail for keeping the engine burning. For being so discerning through every all-nighter. Dr. Herbert for telling me, "You're a writer." I have to thank Andy Blank for every spank. Matter of fact, thank John Buzzetti for every drink. Thank the cast and crew for having each other's backs, son. I don't know about God but I believe in Chris Jackson. I don't know what else I got, I'm off the dome. I know I wrote a little show about home. Mr. Sondheim, look, I made a hat! Where there never was a hat! It's a Latin hat at that! Mom, Dad, and Cita, I wrote a play! Y'all came to every play. Thanks for being here today. Vanessa, who still leaves me breathless; thanks for loving me when I was broke and making breakfast And with that, I want to thank all my Latino people: this is for Abuelo Wisin and Puerto Rico! Thank you!
[Miranda's June 12, 2016, acceptance speech (in the form of a sonnet) after winning a Best Score Tony Award for "Hamilton: An American Musical." The speech was a tribute to the almost fifty people who had been murdered earlier that day in an attack on a gay club in Orlando, Florida.]

My wife's the reason anything gets done. She nudges me towards promise by degrees. She is a perfect symphony of one. Our son is her most beautiful reprise. We chase the melodies that seem to find us / Until they're finished songs and start to play When senseless acts of tragedy remind us / That nothing here is promised, not one day. This show is proof that history remembers / We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger; We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa's symphony, Eliza tells her story. Now fill the world with music, love and pride.
[Miranda's February 15, 2016, acceptance speech (in the form of a freestyle rap) after winning a a Grammy for Best Musical Theater album for "Hamilton: An American Musical]

We write music, we write songs to tell the story. Whether you're King, Kendrick, or Jeanine Tesori. I'm sorry if I start screaming these thanks hysterically: John Buzzetti, Tim Latham, Tom Coyne and Derek Lee. Tommy Kail set the stage to kick our boots through. Bill Sherman, Quest, and Tariq, the whole Roots crew. Sean at Warner Chapel, Riggs and Craig at Atlantic. Lacamoire my right-hand man. This frantic Hispanic is non-stop. The best idea goes in the pot. The cast unstoppable; the band is unbeatable; inimitable, inevitable, always inspiring me to pull through. Vanessa, Angie, Illie, Ellie, we adore you. Sebastian, daddy's bringing home a Grammy for you!

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