Friday Feature: Lin Manuel Miranda
Lin Manual Miranda has most definitely not thrown away his shot. Born in 1980 in New York City to parents Luis Miranda Jr. and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, Lin Manual has grown to become one of the most prolific playwrights in American history, and he has only just begun. While he was in college he began to write the critically acclaimed Broadway play “In the Heights’. He then went on to write, direct and star in “Hamilton”. While on vacation in 2008 he read Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton. This inspired Lin Manuel to start writing a rap about Hamilton, which he performed at the White House in 2009. Eventually Hamilton opened on Broadway in 2015 and has become an iconic play and film that so uniquely captures the essence of the American experience. Hamilton won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Original Score.
Lin Manual has gone on to compose and sing songs in the Disney Movie Moana and co-star in Mary Poppin Returns. In addition, Miranda has been an active supporter of relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
We are grateful for his unique vision and the lens by which he captures the American experience.