Lin-Manuel Miranda was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people. The Puerto Rican has worn various hats as composer, lyricist, librettist, actor and even rapper. He’s best know for writing and creating the Broadway musical, Hamilton, after one of the founding fathers of the United States.
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The Broadway musical has broken barriers because it makes history exciting. When Miranda wrote this play he gained inspiration from music he listened to when he was 13-20 years old. In his case, it was music he listened to in the 90’s, such as Biggie and DMX. No one in their wildest dreams would’ve ever thought that a founding father would someday be rapping and dancing to hip-hop music on stage, but Miranda made it happen.
For teachers it’s been an amazing thing because they are using Hamilton as part of their curriculum. It’s not only getting high school students excited about learning about history in a unique way, but it’s also introducing them to Broadway musicals, enriching their cultural knowledge. Miranda has received pretty much every honor you could get in his field from a Tony, Grammy, and even Pulitzer.