Apr 07, 2016
By Michael Kramer
The creator of the Broadway smash Hamilton – says the real story of Alexander Hamilton – is one any immigrant can relate to.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has been awarded The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.
The winner says he read Ron Chernow’s biography of the first U.S. treasury secretary – and discovered that he was born and raised – in what was then the West Indies.
Miranda says, “When I found that out about Hamilton, I said, ‘I know this guy.”’
Miranda is of Puerto Rican heritage.
The prize from Columbia University, was created to honour a new play or musical that explores the United States’ past – and deals with “great issues of our day.”
The prize comes with $100,000.