New Yorkers: Lin-Manuel Miranda

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.

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Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.