Who Is Lin-Manuel Miranda? 5 Things To Know About the Hamilton Creator and Tony Nominee
Lin-Manuel Miranda is the creator and star of the hip-hop Broadway hit Hamilton, which received a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations on Tuesday.
Ahead of the June awards show, here are five things to know about Miranda:
1. He doesn’t get a lot of sleep.
Along with Hamilton, Miranda previously won a Tony for In the Heights, and was also awarded the MacArthur “genius grant.” If that wasn’t enough, he’s now writing songs for Disney’s Moana.
“I don’t really sleep that much,” Miranda, 35, previously admitted to PEOPLE about how he makes time for all his projects.
2. He cries regularly.
“I cry seven times a week during the show,” Miranda says of Hamilton, which also won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama last month.
“I go through every emotion in this show It’s the whole human experience in two hours and 45 minutes,” he adds. “So I cry often. It’s part of my gig.”
3. Miranda and his wife, Vanessa Nadal, went to the same high school.
“We re-met in our mid-20s. She was out of my league in high school – and then I got cool enough to date her when I was about 25 or so,” admits Miranda, who has one son, Sebastian with Nadal.
As for the couple’s date nights? “It’s Netflix and chill,” he says.
4. He used to teach English.
Miranda was an English teacher at Hunter College High School and his favorite book to teach students was Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
“Mr. Achebe evokes his world so brilliantly that the last sentence is one of the all-time great gut punches in the history of literature,” he explains to The New York Times. “The kids walk out of the classroom as different people.”
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5. The first musical he saw on Broadway was Les Misérables.
“Les Miz was the first one I ever saw, and I just remember the effect it had on my parents, actually,” Miranda told Stephen Colbert during an appearance on The Late Show in December. “They brought home that cast album and every time they played ‘Bring Him Home,’ my mom would start crying.”
“And I think that’s probably as responsible for me writing musicals as anything else. I saw the effect it had on my family,” explained Miranda, who added that Phantom of the Opera was the second musical he saw.