The prize marks the first musical to win the coveted award since 2010
Lin-Manuel Miranda is adding yet another award to his shelf.
Miranda’s hip-hop-infused Broadway hit Hamilton has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The accolade marks the first musical to win the coveted award since 2010.
“It is a tremendous honor to even be considered for this very prestigious award,” he said in a statement, adding that he and frequent collaborator Quiara Alegréa Hudes “were elated to have been recognized as finalists for In The Heights, so to win today for Hamilton is beyond my wildest dreams. This award is for everyone who has been a part of Hamilton‘s six-plus year journey. To be the 9th musical to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in its 100 year history is truly humbling for all of us.”
He continued: “For Hamilton to now be in the same company as Of Thee I Sing, South Pacific, Fiorello!, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Chorus Line, Sunday in the Park with George, Rent, and most recently Next to Normal is outside of our own comprehension. Look at where we are. Look at where we started.”
He also took to Twitter to react to the good news, posting a humorous gif.
Miranda both created and starred in Hamilton.
Since its debut last summer, the musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton has already won a Grammy for best musical theater album and has grossed more than $60 million at the box office – making it one of 2016’s must-see Broadway shows.