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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON Wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, was named winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
It joins an exclusive club of just eight other musicals (Next To Normal, Rent, Sunday in the Park with George, A Chorus Line, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Fiorello!, South Pacific, Of Thee I Sing) that have won the prestigious award since it was founded nearly a century ago. In addition, the former HOLA awardee is also the third Latino to win the award (after former HOLA awardees Nilo Cruz and Quiara Alegría Hudes). The Pulitzer, which is awarded to “a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life,” includes a $10,000 cash prize. Other awards that the musical has won include the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Obie Award, the Dramatists Guild of America Award, the Grammy Award (for its cast recording) and the Edward M. Kennedy Award.
For more information, plus a list of all the previous Pulitzer Prize winners in Drama, click here.