Lin-Manuel Miranda Wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘Hamilton’

Lin-Manuel Miranda is now a Pulitzer Prize winner! Hamilton, Miranda’s Broadway hip-hop biography of Alexander Hamilton, has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming only the ninth musical to do so, and the first since Next to Normal in 2010. Other musicals to win the award include South Pacific, Sunday in the Park with George and Rent.

The Columbia University prize board on cited Hamilton as “a landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible.” The musical triumphed over other finalists such as Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and The Humans by Stephen Karam.

“I feel really humbled and really overwhelmed,” Miranda told The Associated Press. “Columbia is Hamilton’s alma mater so I think that gave me a home-court advantage. But it’s extraordinary to be recognized in this way.”

Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Other Pulitzer Prize winners for 2016 include Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer, which won in the Fiction category. Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick won in the General Nonfiction category. Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles won the Pulitzer Prize for History, and Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan won in the Biography or Autobiography category.

As for Miranda, he’s enjoyed a whirlwind year since Hamilton opened off-Broadway, as the show has been a sold-out sensation that is the current frontrunner for this year’s Tony Awards. The Pulitzer for Drama, which includes a $10,000 award, has gone to many legendary playwrights in the past, including August Wilson, Edward Albee, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. Needless to say, Miranda is in great company.

From one Puerto Rican to another, congratulations, Mr. Miranda!

And for more on Hamilton, watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and President Barack Obama freestyle in the Rose Garden!

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