Miranda in September 2015
January 16, 1980 |
New York City, New York, United States
|Occupation||Actor, composer, rapper, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Vanessa Nadal (m. 2010)|
Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for 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.
Miranda is currently performing on Broadway in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton, a new musical for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics. Miranda is also a 2015 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award.
- 1 Early life
- 2 2000 to 2010; In the Heights
- 3 2010 to present; Hamilton
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Broadway credits
- 6 Other theatre credits
- 7 Film credits
- 8 Television credits
- 9 Awards
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Miranda was born in Manhattan, New York City, and grew up in the neighborhood of Inwood. He is of Puerto Rican descent. His father is a former political advisor, who advised Ed Koch. Growing up, Lin helped create jingles, including one used for Eliot Spitzer's 2006 campaign.
After graduating from Hunter College High School, Miranda went on to attend Wesleyan University and graduated in 2002. During his time there, 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. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from Wesleyan.
2000 to 2010; 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 success off-Broadway, the musical went to Broadway in 2008. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and for Best Original Score and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Miranda's performance earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Miranda made his last performance in the Broadway show on February 15, 2009.
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.
|Playwright, Composer, and Performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2015 MacArthur Fellow, MacArthur Foundation|
|Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam, White House|
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.
2010 to present; Hamilton
Miranda co-wrote the music and lyrics for Bring It On: The Musical with Tom Kitt and Amanda Green. Bring It On premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2011. The cast included Amanda LaVergne as Campbell, Adrienne Warren as Danielle, Nick Blaemire as Randall, Ryann Redmond as Bridget, and "award-winning competitive cheerleaders from across the country". 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 played 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. It was nominated for Tony Awards in the categories of Best Musical and Best Choreography.
In 2011, Miranda appeared as a guest on the TV series Modern Family in the episode "Good Cop Bad Dog". He appeared as Charley in an Encores! staged concert of Merrily We Roll Along at the New York City Center in February 2012. Later that year, he appeared in a small role in The Odd Life of Timothy Green as Reggie and played a recurring role on the 2013 NBC drama Do No Harm.
In 2013, Miranda appeared in the episode "Bedtime Stories" (Season 9, Episode 11) on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. In 2014, he performed with The Skivvies, an indie-rock comedy duo consisting of Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina and 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 by reporter Robbie Brown. Also in 2014, Miranda appeared 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.
In 2009, Miranda read Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton and, inspired by the book, wrote a rap about Hamilton for the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009, accompanied by Alex Lacamoire. By 2012, Miranda was performing an extended set of pieces based on the life of Hamilton, referred to as the Hamilton Mixtape; the New York Times called it "an obvious game changer". In 2015, Chernow and Miranda received the 2015 History Makers Award by the New York Historical Society for their work in creating Hamilton.
Hamilton, a musical based on the Hamilton Mixtape, premiered Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in January 2015, directed by Thomas Kail. Miranda wrote the book and score and stars as the title character. The show received highly positive reviews, and its engagement was sold out. It began previews on Broadway in July 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and officially opened on August 6, 2015, earning rave reviews. On the first night of Hamilton previews over 700 people lined up for lottery tickets.
Lin-Manuel Miranda also contributed music for the film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the invitation of director J. J. Abrams, specifically writing a song for the scene in Maz Kanata's Cantina, a homage to the classic Mos Eisley Cantina scene and song after legendary Star Wars composer John Williams declined to write a new cantina song, wishing to instead focus on the film's orchestral score.
On January 24, 2016 Miranda performed the role of Loud Hailer in the Broadway production of Les Misérables, fulfilling his childhood dream of being in the show, as it was the first production he ever saw on Broadway.
Miranda married Vanessa Nadal, a high school friend, in 2010. 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 engagement party, presented a group rendition of the Fiddler on the Roof song "To Life". The video was posted on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than four million times.
Miranda received an honorary degree from Yeshiva University, along with his lifetime friend Johannah Ward, 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.
Miranda and Nadal's son Sebastian was born on November 10, 2014. According to an interview with Maximum Fun podcast Can I Pet Your Dog?, Miranda has a dog named "Tobi" or "Tobillo" from the Dominican Republic.
- In the Heights, Usnavi, Feb. 14, 2008 – Feb. 15, 2009 and Dec. 25, 2010 – Jan. 9, 2011
- Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton, Aug. 6, 2015 – present
- Les Misérables, Loud Hailer, January 24, 2016
- In the Heights, Music/Lyrics/Original Concept
- West Side Story, Translations (2011)
- Bring It On the Musical, Music/Lyrics
- Hamilton, Book/Music/Lyrics/Arrangements
Other theatre credits
- In the Heights, Usnavi, 2009 - 2010
- Working, wrote two songs added to the Chicago production, 2011
- This American Life, featured performer
- Bring It On: The Musical, co-wrote the music and lyrics with Tom Kitt and Amanda Green which premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA on January 2011.
- 21 Chump Street: The Musical, featured performer, June 7, 2014
- Clayton's Friends, Pete, (1996)
- The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Reggie, (2012)
- The Polar Bears, Jak, (2012) - short
- Looking for Maria Sanchez, Raul, 2013
- The American Life: One Night Only at BAM, Narrator, 2014
- Speech and Debate, The Genie, 2016 (post-production)
- Clayton's Friends, screenplay, 1996
- The American Life: One Night Only at BAM, screenplay, 2014
- Clayton's Friends, 1996
- Clayton's Friends, 1996
- The Sopranos, Bellman, 1 episode, 2007
- Sesame Street, Freddy Flapman, 1 episode, 2009
- House, Juan "Alvie" Alvarez, 4 episodes, 2009/10
- The Electric Company, Mario, 1 episode, 2010
- Modern Family, Guillermo, 1 episode, 2011
- Submissions Only, Auditioner #1, 1 episode, 2012
- Freestyle Love Supreme, Lin-Manuel, TV movie, 2012
- Do No Harm, Ruben Marcado, 11 episodes, 2013
- Smash, himself, 1 episode, 2013
- How I Met Your Mother, Gus, 1 episode, 2013
|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|
|2013||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Lyrics||Bring It On the Musical||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Musical||Nominated|
|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|
|Taylor Fox's Heart Award||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|
|The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation||The MacArthur Fellowship||Won|
|Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Hamilton||Pending|
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- Interview with Quiara Alegría Hudes in Guernica, July 2012