Miranda at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009
January 16, 1980 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Vanessa Nadal (m. 2010)|
Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the the musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in March 2008. Miranda's written work for the show earned him numerous accolades, including the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Further, Miranda's performance in the show's lead role of Usnavi earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
After graduating from Hunter College High School, Miranda went on to attend Wesleyan University and graduated in 2002. During this time, he co-founded a hip hop comedy troupe called Freestyle Love Supreme. He wrote the earliest draft of In the Heights in 1999, his sophomore year of college. After the show was accepted by Second Stage, Wesleyan's student theater company, Miranda worked on adding "freestyle rap ... bodegas, and salsa numbers." It played from April 20-April 22, 1999. He wrote and directed several other musicals at Wesleyan. He also acted in many other productions, ranging from musicals to Shakespeare. On May 24, 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wesleyan.
In the Heights
In 2002, Miranda and John Buffalo Mailer worked with director Thomas Kail and wrote five separate drafts of In the Heights that were dissected. During this time, Miranda worked as an English teacher at his former high school. After making it off-Broadway, the play went to Broadway in 2008. Miranda made his last performance in the Broadway show on February 15, 2009.
However, Miranda reprised his role of Usnavi when the national tour of In the Heights played in Los Angeles, California from June 23 to July 25, 2010. The tour continued without him at the helm until it played in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he played Usnavi.
The Broadway production played its final performance on January 9, 2011 after 29 previews and 1,185 regular performances. Miranda reprised the role of Usnavi from December 25, 2010 until the closing of the production.
Miranda made The Hamilton Mixtape, a hip hop album based upon the life of Alexander Hamilton. He performed the song Alexander Hamilton playing Aaron Burr at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009, accompanied by Alex Lacamoire.
Hamilton, a new musical based on the earlier Hamilton Mixtape work premiered Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in January 2015. Miranda plays Alexander Hamilton; the show was directed by Thomas Kail. The show received positive reviews, and began previews on Broadway in July 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and officially opened on August 6, 2015. On the first night of Hamilton previews over 700 people lined up for lottery tickets.
Miranda wrote, directed, and acted in an independent film, Clayton's Friends (1996). In 2007, he made a guest appearance on the television series The Sopranos in the episode "Remember When." Miranda also worked as an English teacher at his former high school, wrote for the Manhattan Times as a columnist and restaurant reviewer, and composed music for commercials. In 2008, he was invited by composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz to contribute two new songs to a revised version of Schwartz and Nina Faso's 1978 musical Working, which opened in May 2008 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
Miranda wrote Spanish language dialogue and worked with Stephen Sondheim to translate into Spanish song lyrics for the revival of West Side Story, which opened on Broadway in March 2009. He is also a composer and actor on the 2009 revival of The Electric Company. Miranda also appeared in the CollegeHumor sketch "Hardly Working: Rap Battle", playing himself working as an intern and rapper.
In September 2009, Miranda played Alvie, Gregory House's roommate in a psychiatric hospital, in the two-hour season six premiere episode of House. He reprised the role in May 2010. He also has done work for Sesame Street, where he has played occasional roles and sings the theme song to Murray Has a Little Lamb.
Miranda co-wrote the music and lyrics for Bring It On: The Musical, with Tom Kitt and Amanda Green. The musical opened on October 30, 2011 at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, California at the start of a US National tour. After its national tour, the show went on to play a limited engagement on Broadway at the St. James Theatre, beginning previews on July 12, 2012, and officially opening on August 1, 2012. It closed on December 30th, 2012. At the 2013 Tony Awards, it was nominated in the categories of Best Musical and Best Choreography.
He appeared as Charley in an Encores! staged concert of Merrily We Roll Along at the New York City Center which ran from February 8, 2012 to February 19. In 2012, Miranda appeared in a small role in The Odd Life of Timothy Green as Reggie.
On March 15, 2014, Miranda performed with The Skivvies, an indie-rock comedy duo consisting of Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina. Rob Morrison, Aaron Lazar, Mark Price, and Hannah Shankman also performed with them.
Miranda participated in the live show of This American Life held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 7, 2014. For that show, Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for 21 Chump Street: The Musical, a production based on an earlier piece of journalism from TAL.
On June 25–28, Miranda was in the revival of Tick, Tick... Boom! as part of the Encores! Off-Center series under the artistic direction of Jeanine Tesori. The show was directed by Oliver Butler, and reunited Miranda with In The Heights alum Karen Olivo.
The principal female character in In the Heights, Vanessa, is not based on Nadal, as many people believe. At the wedding reception, Miranda, along with the wedding party, presented Vanessa with a group rendition of the Fiddler on the Roof song "To Life". The video was posted on YouTube and quickly became popular on the internet.
Miranda received an honorary degree from Yeshiva University during its May 14, 2009 graduation ceremony. He is the youngest person to receive an honorary degree from Yeshiva University. In the Heights is based in the upper Manhattan community of Washington Heights, which is also home to Yeshiva's campus. Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City, presented Miranda with the degree and remarked about first meeting him when Miranda was seven years old.
|2007||Theatre World Award||Outstanding Debut Performance||In the Heights||Won|
|Clarence Derwent Award||Most Promising Male Performer||Won|
|Obie Award||Music and Lyrics||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Ensemble Performance||Won|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Musical||Won|
|Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Musical||Won|
|Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Off-Broadway Musical||Won|
|2008||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Best Original Score||Won|
|Dramatists Guild of America||Frederick Loewe Award||Won|
|2009||Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Won|
|2014||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Original Song ("Rhymes With Mando")||Sesame Street||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (shared with Tom Kitt)||67th Tony Awards||Won|
|2015||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Musical||Hamilton||Won|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical||Won|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical||Won|
|Outstanding Book of a Musical||Won|
|Outstanding New Score||Won|
|Drama League Awards||Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Musical||Won|
|Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Outstanding Book of a Musical||Won|
|New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards||Best Musical||Won|
|Off Broadway Alliance Awards||Best New Musical||Won|
|Obie Awards||Best New American Theatre Work||Won|
|Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards||Won|
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