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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Miranda at the 2009 Claridad Gala Dinner, hosted at the La Concha Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Born January 16, 1980 (1980-01-16) (age 30)
New York City

Lin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980) is a Tony Award winning American composer and lyricist, and a Tony Award nominated actor. He is most famous for writing and starring in the Broadway musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2008.

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Early life

Lin-Manuel was born in Northern Manhattan in New York City. He grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan and is of Puerto Rican descent.[1] Both Lin-Manuel and René Pérez Joglar, also known as Residente Calle 13, are distant cousins and claim Gilberto Concepción de Gracia as a common relative.

Education

After graduating from Hunter College High School, Miranda went on to attend Wesleyan University[1][2] and graduated in 2002. During this time, he 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 Wesleyan's student theater company (The Second Stage), Miranda worked on adding "freestyle rap ... bodegas, and salsa numbers."[1] It played from 20 April to 22 April, to huge crowds. After seeing the play, John Buffalo Mailer, Norman Mailer's son and then a Wesleyan student (and future playwright and author), approached Miranda and asked if the play could be expanded to be on Broadway.[1]

Miranda wrote and directed several other musicals at Wesleyan. He also acted in many other productions, ranging from musicals to Shakespeare.

Miranda became the youngest honorary doctoral degree recipient in Yeshiva University's history at the university's commencement exercises in 2009.

In the Heights

In 2002, Miranda and Mailer worked with director Tommy Kail and wrote five separate drafts of In the Heights that were dissected. During this time, Miranda worked as an English teacher at his old high school. After making it off-Broadway, the play went to Broadway in 2007.[1] Miranda made his last performance with the show on February 15, 2009.[3] Lin- Manuel Miranda will reprise his role of Usnavi in the future movie release of In The Heights. Kenny Ortega is to direct.

Other work

Miranda wrote, directed, and acted in an independent film called Clayton's Friends (1996). In 2007, Miranda made an appearance on the television series The Sopranos in the episode "Remember When."[4] Miranda also worked as an English teacher at his old high school, wrote for the Manhattan Times as a columnist and restaurant reviewer, and composed music for commercials.[5] In 2008, Miranda 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.[6]

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.[7][8] 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.[9] In September 2009, Miranda played Alvie, Gregory House's roommate in a psychiatric hospital, in the two-hour season six premiere episode of House.[10] He will also appear in the 40th season premiere of Sesame Street.[11]

He is one of the members of Freestyle Love Supreme, a group of freestylers that make up words on the spot and a beatboxer(Shockwave), Two Touch and Chris Jackson, who is in the Musical In The Heights too and plays Benny.

He is working on a hip-hop album based upon the life of Alexander Hamilton, entitled The Hamilton Mixtape.[12] He recently performed "The Hamilton Mixtape" at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009. Accompanied by Alex Lacamoire.[13]

Personal life

Miranda has been dating Vanessa Nadal, a high school friend who grew up in the Heights, since 2005. The principal female character in In the Heights is presumably named after her. As of October 30, 2009, Miranda and Nadal are engaged.

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. His show 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, presented Miranda with the degree and remarked about first meeting him when Miranda was seven years old.

Awards

Miranda has won the following awards:

In addition, Miranda was nominated for the following awards:

See also

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