Creator / Lin-Manuel Miranda

Mr Sondheim, look, I made a hat! Where there never was a hat! It's a Latin hat at that!

Lin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980) is an American composer, lyricist, librettist, rapper and actor of Puerto Rican descent. He is best known for creating (and starring in) the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton (along with its companion album, The Hamilton Mixtape) and his songwriting work on Disney's Moana. He's also in line to write music for a future Disney movie, and play a Canon Foreigner in 2018's Mary Poppins Returns.

So far he's won a Pulitzer, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony, as well as a MacArthur "Genius Grant". All he needs is an Oscar, and he'll be only the third person evernote  to become a PEGOT, after Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch.

He is also very active on Twitter.

Related tropes:

  • Adorkable: Dear god, the man is a ray of sunshine. He's genuinely delighted by fan content made of his work, constantly interacts with people on Twitter, and still fanboys over everyone (even though he's pretty darn famous himself).
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: A staple of his work, with lines like "rebels at a revel", "a middle of a military mess", etc.
  • As Himself:
    • Cameoed in an episode of the musical dramedy Smash.
    • Also made a cameo in Difficult People, confronting Billy Eichner for faking a blurb from him saying Eichner's character's play is "better than Hamilton."
    Billy: Can I get tickets to Hamilton?
    Lin: NO!
  • Creator Thumbprint: Themes of immigration and legacy feature prominiently in his work.
  • Genre-Busting: His musicals are notable for mixing hip-hop, rap, and Latin music together with more standard showtune fare.
  • Gratuitous French: In a tweet from 2013, Lin complains that Lafayette "wants" to rap in French, and that he has to go learn French. While it only pops up once in Hamilton, it comes back in Moana during Shiny, when Tamatoa inexplicably says a line in French despite being a crab from the realm of monsters located somewhere underneath the Pacific.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: As seen in his acceptance speeches, Twitter feed, and In the Heights (Justified Trope, since it's a musical about the Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights).