A New York City native, Lin-Manuel Miranda grew up with an eclectic taste for a variety of creative outlets, including music, dance, and theatre. Living in NYC allowed him a chance to see some Broadway productions, but not as many as he would have liked. Exposure to Broadway, coupled with his participation in school plays, led him to major in theatre at Wesleyan University. He went on to teach for a short while, at which time he started working on his first successful musical, In the Heights. His years of preparation had paid off, as the play ran for almost two years and earned four Tony Awards. As his fame continues to grow, Miranda maintains a commitment to progressing his community and displaying the talents of Latino and Black performers.
He has jam-packed success and creating opportunities for others in the musical and film industries into a relatively short career, so far. He is best known for writing Hamilton, the hip-hop Broadway musical rendition of Alexander Hamilton’s life. The wide acclaim of his second musical, winning the Pulitzer Prize and 11 Tony awards, has only led to new and diverse opportunities for Miranda’s career. He has earned a Grammy Award for writing the song, “How Far I’ll Go,” in Disney’s hit Moana. He also gained a starring role in the movie, Mary Poppins Returns.
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