The star and creator of the Tony Award winning Broadway hit Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Manhattan-born son of Puerto Rican parents. At just 36, he has become the It Boy of Broadway entertainment. Lin-Manuel Miranda set the theater world on fire with Hamilton, which was nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards, taking home 11, including Best Musical.
According to his website, while Lin-Manuel was on vacation in Mexico in 2008 he took on a “little light reading” in the form of Ron Chernow’s 800-page best-selling biography, Alexander Hamilton, chronicling the life of the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.
Lin-Manuel was captivated by the former American President’s life and how the very human struggles of the American Revolution are relevant today. So he began to pen some hip hop-inspired song lyrics about the self-destructive Hamilton and the rest is history: he was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and hasn’t stop shining in the spotlight since.
Though Miranda is a self-described nerd, he is apparently cool enough to rap with Obama on the front lawn, grace the cover of Rolling Stone and Variety and guest host SNL. The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood wrote that Miranda was “music personified,” “commanding the spotlight as if he were born in the wings.”
Here are 30 more amazing facts about the man people are calling true genius.
His Very Unique Name
Wondering where his name came from? His parents Luis Miranda, a community activist turned political consultant, and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, a psychologist, were inspired by a poem about the Vietnam War, Nana Roja Para Mi Hijo Lin Manuel, by the Puerto Rican writer José Manuel Torres Santiago.