Happy Birthday, Lin-Manuel Miranda! Today is the composer, lyricist and actor’s 38th birthday. The Hamilton creator has had quite an eventful past year, including being nominated for an Oscar for his work on Disney’s Moana, doing a ton to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck the island in September 2017 and even announcing that him and scientist wife Vanessa Nadal are expecting baby number two.
But the Puerto Rican star has so much more that he has accomplished in the past 38 years and so much more we know we’ll see from him. Not only does he currently have a Pulitzer Prize, two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship and three Tony Awards, but we are going to continue to see his name in lights (such as in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns). In honor of his birthday today, we’re celebrating by naming 12 of his accomplishments that have helped to raise the profile of Latinos everywhere.
He wrote In the Heights and highlighted the lives of Latinos living in Washington Heights.
Lin-Manuel’s first musical, In The Heights, received plenty of accolades for the realistic portrayal of Latinos living in NYC’s neighborhood Washington Heights. It also received four 2008 Tony Awards, a Grammy Award and many other awards for its off-Broadway production.
He previewed Hamilton in front of President Barack Obama at the White House.
Back when Lin-Manuel was still just writing Hamilton, he got to preview material from the show (basically the beginning song) at the White House during its first-ever Evening of Poetry & Spoken Word in 2009. Seeing the former President and First Lady’s smiling faces is pure joy.