Lin-Manuel Miranda is a supremely talented actor and songwriter. Throughout his career, Lin-Manuel Miranda has composed numerous successful soundtracks and has played memorable roles in movies, shows and plays.
Here Are Some Fantastic Facts About Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent
A native New Yorker, Lin-Manuel Miranda was born on January 16, 1980, into a family of Puerto Rican descent. His father, Louis A. Miranda, Jr., is a political consultant, and his mother, Luz-Towns Miranda, is a clinical psychologist.
Lin-Manuel Miranda grew up in a musical family
Lin-Manuel and his sister grew up surrounded by music. Both took piano lessons and watched Broadway musicals, thanks to their parents. The boy became acquainted with various musical genres and became interested in hip-hop and the work of such artists as Eric B. & Rakim, Beastie Boys, and Boogie Down Productions.
Lin-Manuel Miranda performed in theatre since childhood
During his preschool and teenage years, Miranda performed in theatre productions and attended Hunter College elementary and high schools. He went on to study theatre at Wesleyan University. After receiving his education in 2002, the young man worked for some time as an English teacher in a secondary school.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway debut was very successful
Miranda’s work was approved by the student theater and was staged on the big stage for a long time. The musical broke the box office record that year. Before graduating from university, the young man created several more musical productions, in addition, he took part in several as an actor.
“On the Heights” was first presented on the Broadway stage in 2008, going through 5 preliminary readings, and immediately became a hit. The musical production was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four, including Best Screenplay and Best Musical.
At this time, Lin-Manuel Miranda remembered his acting career. He appeared in TV series like “The Sopranos” (as guest star), “House” (appeared in the episodes “Broken” and “Baggage” of the 6th season), and “How I Met Your Mother”. In 2009, he began translating texts into Spanish for the Broadway revival of West Side Story.
Lin-Manuel Miranda worked for a show based on Alexander Hamilton
While on vacation in 2008, Miranda read writer Ron Chernow’s book Alexander Hamilton, an acclaimed biography of the first US Treasury Secretary. Interested in the historical figure, the playwright was inspired to create a full-length work telling the story of Hamilton’s life.
Lin-Manuel independently composed all the music and lyrics for the compositions and also played the main role. The project featured Leslie Odom Jr., Davide Diggs, and Jonathan Groff. The latter is openly gay, which is why fans of Miranda’s work attributed an affair to the two young people.
He first premiered a song from the upcoming show in 2009, at the first-ever White House Poetry Night. In 2015, “Hamilton” staged at the Public Theatre, and a few months later it hit Broadway, achieving colossal advance ticket sales. The musical won 3 Tony Awards nominations – “Best Screenplay”, “Best Libretto” “Best Libretto”. and “Best New Musical”. It also won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama.
The show documented some of the prominent historical events surrounding Hamilton, from his high-profile sex scandal to his fatal duel with Aaron Burr. The production was widely acclaimed for its unique sensibility, a mix of black and Latino actors, and the sounds of hip-hop/R&B music.
The Broadway musical did not pass by not only theatre fans but also many famous figures, including former US President Barack Obama and musical icon Stephen Sondheim
Lin-Manuel Miranda won a Grammy in 2017
In 2015, the composer wrote the soundtrack for the science-fiction film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the next year for the animated film produced by Disney called “Moana”. The track How Far I’ll Go was nominated for an Oscar. in 2017 before winning a Grammy as the best song in the next one.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has a happy married life
The actor, playwright, and composer is happy in his personal life. He has a wife, Vanessa Nadal, a scientist, lawyer, and MIT graduate, with whom he has been married since 2010, as well as two children, Francisco (born February 2, 2018) and eldest son Sebastian.
The composer does not have an Instagram account but he has been actively using Twitter (now called X) since October 2009, where he has millions of followers. The man posts personal
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s career is going on strong
At the beginning of 2019, the family feature film “Mary Poppins Returns” was released worldwide, in which the actor played one of the main roles – a lamplighter named Jack.
The film also stars such Hollywood celebrities as Emily Blunt and Colin Firth. Also in January, Miranda reprised his role as Alexander Hamilton to play the title role in Puerto Rico.
Now a new television project with the participation of Lin-Manuel Miranda is being prepared for launch – the fantasy series “His Dark Materials”.