He wrote Hamilton
This is a very big deal. Hamilton has taken the musical theatre world by storm since it opened off-Broadway in February 2015 (source), and then in Broadway that August (source). The show is based on Ron Chernow’s biography, which sketches the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton is a whole new type of musical. Miranda’s music style is primarily hip-hop, and Hamilton includes a healthy helping of rap.
Another notable feature of Hamilton is its diverse cast – in fact, the cast of Hamilton made a speech to vice-President Mike Pence when he visited the show late last year, calling him out on not protecting the “diverse America” (source).
Tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway are basically impossible to find. Unless that is, you’re willing to spend up to $9,000 for one seat to see a Wednesday matinee in March next year (source). Thankfully, Hamilton is coming to the West End, where tickets will be a lot more affordable; mainly because, on Broadway, the available tickets are almost all verified re-sales.
He also starred in Hamilton… as Hamilton
Yes, Miranda took on the title role of his own musical. So, if you’ve listened to the soundtrack, you’ll be well familiar with his unique and compelling voice.
As well as Hamilton, he wrote In the Heights and some of the music in
Although Hamilton is the main musical that everyone’s talking about, it is not the only significant contribution that Miranda has made to musical theatre. His other achievements include writing In the Heights and Bring it On, as well as co-writing the music for Disney’s Moana (source).
And yes, he starred in In the Heights too.
He’s won a lot of awards
To name just a few… Hamilton won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, 11 Tony Awards, 10 Lortel Awards, 3 Outer Critic Circle Awards, and 8 Drama Desk Awards. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton both won 2016 Drama League Awards. And the fun doesn’t end there. In the Heights has won 4 Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, and was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. The London production also landed Miranda with an Olivier Award (source).
He will be starring in Mary Poppins Returns
Next year, the sequel to Mary Poppins will be released, with Lin-Manuel Miranda starring alongside Emily Blunt (source). But this won’t be Miranda’s screen debut; in fact, he was a guest star in an episode of How a Met Your Mother (source) – remember that guy who started rapping on a bus with Marshall?
He gives a great speech
Personally, my favourite of Miranda’s speeches is his 2016 Tony Award acceptance speech (watch here). “Love is love is love is love is love…” Lin-Manuel Miranda is a very inspirational guy, who wrote a song, Almost Like Praying, to support victims of hurricane Maria earlier this year, which was sung by an all-star line up (source).
Harriet has been immersed in the theatre life from a multitude of angles: from writing, to working backstage, to performing, to directing. She spends most of her spare time in the West End or regional theatres and fills the rest with talking about the wonderful world of theatre through regular blogs.