Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" Wins Pulitzer Prize For Drama
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:57:36
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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is only the ninth musical to win the prize in the Pulitzer's 100-year history, and the first since 2010's Next to Normal. Lin-Manuel Miranda said in a statement, "It is a tremendous honor to even be considered for this very prestigious award. Quiara [Alegría Hudes] and I 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 9 th musical to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in its 100 year history is truly humbling for all of us. 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."
The hip-hop infused Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton has been raking in awards. Earlier this year, Hamilton won the GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album. Miranda also won the 2015 MacArthur "Genius" Grant.
Back in March, Miranda freestyled with Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden. He is also planning to drop The Hamilton Mixtape with executive producer Questlove. The mixtape is rumored to feature Chance The Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Common, and many more.
For more on Hamilton, check out:President Obama Freestyles with Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda
—The ARTISTdirect Staff