Lin-Manuel Miranda: A deserved Emmy during Hispanic Heritage Month
The talented artist of Puerto Rican origin, Miranda achieved a coveted Emmy for the television version of his musical, Hamilton.
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This year, Hispanic Heritage Month offers a much sweeter prize to the multi-faceted and talented artist of Puerto Rican origin Lin-Manuel Miranda — one of the great Hispanic icons of the moment in the powerful world of entertainment in the United States.
Miranda, who had already been celebrated on Broadway thanks to the success of his musical Hamilton, managed to maintain this triumphant run of success with the television adaptation of this production, a nomination and, later, the award for "Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded),” which premiered in July 2020 through Disney+.
Hamilton: An American Musical is a play about the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States. With a script and music done by Miranda, the show is based on the 2004 biography, Alexander Hamilton, by historian Ron Chernow.
The musical premiered in February 2015 and ran for six months at the New York Public Theater, from where it made the leap to Broadway to become a critics and box office success. In addition to the Emmy for its pre-recorded television version, Hamilton has won 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy for "Best Musical," a Pulitzer for "Best Drama," and seven Drama Desk Awards.
Miranda, of Puerto Rican origin, was born in Manhattan, New York, in the Washington Heights neighborhood, and has become an incredible composer, lyricist, playwright and actor.
In 2002, together with John Buffalo Mailer and director Thomas Kail, he began to shape his first masterpiece, In the Heights, which premiered on Broadway in 2007, winning three Tony Awards and a Grammy for "Best Album of Musical Theater." Recently, the musical with strong Latin influences, was brought to the big screen with the performances by Anthony Ramos, also the star of the musical, and Melissa Barrera, under the direction of John M. Chu.
The New Yorker, a MacArthur scholarship winner, also co-wrote the songs for Disney's Moana soundtrack (2016) and landed on the movie scene in the new version of Mary Poppins Return’s (2019) alongside Emily Blunt.
The pride of the Hispanic community and his musical success Hamilton, prevailed in its category over 8:46 by Dave Chappelle, A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote, Bo Burnham: Inside, David Byrne's American Utopia and Friends: The Reunion.
Although the star, previously nominated for his special appearance on an episode of the popular comedy show Saturday Night Live, was unable to attend the 73rd edition of the Emmy Awards to claim his statuette as a producer, his peers did so for him, emphasizing his immense talent and, above all, his tireless struggle to achieve what he sets out to do.
This benchmark in the Hispanic community is now preparing to face new challenges, which include two films for Netflix, his directorial debut in the musical film Tick, Tick… Boom!, as well as his acting roles in dubbing and composer of the soundtrack in the animated film, Vivo.