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Lin-Manuel Miranda born January 16,  is an American composer, lyricist, actor, singer, rapper, producer, and playwright. He created and starred in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical In the Heights. The stage musical has been made into a film, also titled In the Heights , which is scheduled to be released in June He gained wider recognition for writing the script, music and lyrics for Hamilton , which has been acclaimed as a pop culture phenomenon since its Broadway premiere in
Perhaps his best-known work was Hamilton , a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton. Miranda was born to parents of Puerto Rican origin and grew up in a Hispanic neighbourhood in northern Manhattan. His father was a political consultant to several New York City mayors, and his mother was a psychologist. His childhood home was filled with the sounds of salsa and show tunes. During that time he met Stephen Sondheim , who later became a mentor to Miranda, along with fellow musical-theatre legend John Kander. Miranda studied theatre at Wesleyan University , where he continued to perform in musicals and to write his own songs and shows. It was there that he penned the first draft of the musical In the Heights , which was set in Washington Heights, a northern Manhattan neighbourhood similar to that of his own childhood.