How does a rapper, actor, New York City native/Go on and on and/Grow into more of a phenomenon? Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the biggest creative geniuses of our time, and here’s everything you need to know about him.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, 36, is the hottest name in Broadway right now, but that’s not all he’s good at. Writer, actor, singer, performer…the list continues, and we’ve compiled it all right here!
1. He is the writer and star of Hamilton: An American Musical, which landed a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations.
Read it and weep, folks: Lin’s masterpiece, the Broadway musical Hamilton, is up for sixteen Tony awards. Lin is nominated both as an actor and for the show’s book and score, and the production is up for Best Musical. History is happening in Manhattan, as this breaks the previous record for the most Tony noms (set in 2001 by The Producers, which had 15 nominations)! All the awards.
2. …But he’s already got two Tony awards. Oh, and he’s got a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy and a Grammy, too.
Lin is one of the only people alive to have four of the five awards required to make a PEGOT (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). The Grammy was locked down just a few months ago at the 2016 ceremony, where Lin and his cast also wowed the world with a performance of Hamilton‘s opening number. Clearly, the man does not sleep.
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3. Lin has rapped for President Obama.
Hamilton diehards know that the musical was birthed from The Hamilton Mixtape, which Lin first performed for Obama in 2009. It took nearly five years to finish the musical, after which Lin was invited back to the White House to show off his rapping skills. Incredible.
4. He was on How I Met Your Mother.
Lin actually has a rather impressive roster of television credits, and appears in the Season 9 episode of HIMYM titled “Bedtime Stories” as Gus, a bus passenger who raps about Canada (naturally). He’s also been on The Sopranos, Modern Family, House M.D. and Sesame Street. This guy never takes a break (sorry).
5. Lin worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It started out as a joke, then became real! When J.J. Abrams was a guest at a performance of Hamilton, Lin joked to the director during intermission that he would provide music for a hypothetical cantina scene. Since everything Lin touches turns to gold, there is a cantina scene in the movie, and he did the music for it, and it is wonderful.
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