Lin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980) is a Puerto Rican actor, composer, rapper and writer, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton.
Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in March 2008. Miranda's written work for the show earned him numerous accolades, including the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Further, Miranda's performance in the show's lead role of Usnavi earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Miranda is currently performing on Broadway in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton, a musical for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics—and which earned the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Miranda received the 2016 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for his work in the role. Hamilton is currently nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards, the winners of which will be announced on June 12, 2016.
Miranda is a 2015 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award.