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Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and actor. He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony Award®-winning musicals, “Hamilton” and “In the Heights.” “Hamilton,” with book, music and lyrics by Miranda, in addition to him originating the title role, was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in drama and earned a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations, winning 11 Tony Awards, including two personally for Miranda for book and score of a musical.

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The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton” won the 2016 GRAMMY® for best musical theater album. Both Miranda and “Hamilton” won the 2016 Drama League Awards for distinguished performance and outstanding production of a musical, respectively. Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire were awarded a 2018 Kennedy Center Honor for their collaborative achievement in “Hamilton” and its continued artist impact. For its sold-out Off-Broadway run at The Public Theater, “Hamilton” received a record-breaking 10 Lortel Awards, three Outer Critic Circle Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best new musical and an OBIE for best new American play.

In 2016, Miranda won the Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in music for the original London production of “In the Heights.” Off-Broadway, “In the Heights” received a Drama Desk Award for outstanding ensemble performance, the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical and Miranda received an Obie Award for outstanding music and lyrics. The film adaptation of “In the Heights,” with songs by Miranda and screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes, will be released by Warner Brothers in 2020. Miranda is the co-composer (with Tom Kitt), and co-lyricist (with Amanda Green) of Broadway’s “Bring it On: The Musical” (2013 Tony® nom., best musical, 2013 Drama Desk nom., best lyrics). He contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz’ “Working” and Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway revival of “West Side Story.” In 2014, Miranda received an Emmy Award® with Tom Kitt for their song, “Bigger,” from the 67th Annual Tony Awards.

Miranda is a co-founder and member of “Freestyle Love Supreme,” a hip-hop improv group that has toured the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as the Aspen, Melbourne and Montreal Comedy Festivals. The group created a limited television series for Pivot in 2014 and made its Broadway debut in a self-titled show in 2019. Miranda released a book of his collected tweets, “Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You” through Random House, featuring illustrations by Jonny Sun.
Miranda has lent his voice to the audiobook recordings of “Gmorning, Gnight!,” “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Diaz and “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” by Benjamin Alire Saen. Miranda’s TV/film credits include: “His Dark Materials,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2018 Emmy® nomination, guest actor), “Saturday Night Live” (2017 Emmy nomination, guest actor), “The Electric Company,” “Sesame Street,” “The Sopranos,” “House,” “Modern Family,” “The Polar Bears,” “Do No Harm,” “Smash,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Freestyle Love Supreme,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Bartlett,” “Difficult People,” “Billy on the Street,” “Hamilton’s America,” “Drunk History,” “DuckTales,” “Nina’s World,” “BoJack Horseman,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “200 Cartas,” “Speech and Debate,” “Moana” (2017 Oscar and Golden Globe® nominations, GRAMMY Award® for best original song) and “Mary Poppins Returns” (2019 Golden Globe nomination, best actor).

He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002.


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