- 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 successive releases under the umbrella term of The Hamildrops) and his songwriting work on Disney's Moana. He's also collaborating with Alan Menken on a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, and plays a Canon Foreigner in 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’s got a lot of cinematic irons in the fire (he’ll be directing Tick, Tick... Boom, his first musical In The Heights is coming to the big screen, and he’s firmly in the Disney family) so don’t be surprised if that happens soon.
He is also very active on Twitter.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: A staple of his work, with lines like "rebels at a revel", "a middle of a military mess", etc.
- As Himself: 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.
- Identical Stranger: People has noted his resemblance to Riz Ahmed, to the point where he regards Ahmed as his "British Counterpart"
- Mama's Boy: Miranda is extremely close with his parents, as evidenced by their appearing with him in several of his TV interviews. He even took his mother to the Oscars instead of, say, his wife (although his wife was presumably okay with it).
- Memetic Hand Gesture: "Greatjob", a reference to this My Brother, My Brother and Me bit.
- "Sesame Street" Cred: He's done quite a bit of work for the show, playing occasional roles and singing the theme song to Murray Has a Little Lamb.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: His works fall fairly high on the "idealistic" half of the equation.
- Sophisticated as Hell: He's equal parts Hip-Hop fanatic and theater fanboy, and it shows not only on his Twitter but also in In the Heights and Hamilton, but especially the latter, which features references to Beyoncé, The Notorious B.I.G., and DMX, as well as In the Heights, The Last Five Years, and The Pirates of Penzance.