Lin-Manuel Miranda, Born and Raised in New York City
Lin-Manuel Miranda has managed to successfully make The Great White Way a little less white. The Puerto Rican composer, rapper, lyricist and actor added some sabor to Broadway with his hit musical In the Heights, which shined a spotlight on New York City’s Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights. The production would win the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2008. Miranda, who earned a Tony and Grammy for serving as the musical’s composer and lyricist, would go on to write the Spanish dialogue and work with Stephen Sondheim to translate into Spanish the song lyrics for the revival of West Side Story, which opened on Broadway in March 2009.