Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known for his creation and lead roles in the broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights. Born and raised in northern Manhattan Miranda's parents, both Puerto Rican had him spend one month a year in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, his grandparents' hometown.
He began his first draft of In the Heights his sophomore year at Wesleyan University. The musical that represents the Washington Heights district of Northern Manhattan where Miranda was born gained great success off-broadway. The show opened on Broadway March 2008. It was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.
His recent musical, Hamilton, about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, has achieved extreme success. It began off-broadway in February 2015, and was transferred to Broadway a mere 6 months later. The book, music and lyrics all by Miranda himself, have been awarded numerous times. The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
At the 2016 Tony Awards, Hamilton was the big winner of the night. Nominated for 16 awards, the production received 11 wins, one shy of beating The Producers Tony awards record of 12 in 2001.
For Miranda, Hamilton won Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical and also took home the final award of Best Musical.
Following the biggest mass shooting in U.S History, Miranda gave a touching speech as a tribute to the victims in Orlando.
Miranda ended his successful night with a picture on Twitter with his mom.