The runaway Broadway hit "Hamilton" has officially won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and fans are beyond thrilled about it.
The author, composer, lyricist and star behind the musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was already awarded a McArthur Foundation “genius” grant along with a cameo on "Inside Amy Schumer." Which is the bigger accomplishment? You tell me.
In a statement, Miranda expressed his gratitude for the award, saying,
It is a tremendous honor to even be considered for this very prestigious award... This award is for everyone who has been a part of Hamilton's six plus year journey. To be the ninth musical to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in its 100 year history is truly humbling for all of us. For Hamilton to now be in the same company as Of Thee I Sing, South Pacific, Fiorello!,How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Chorus Line, Sunday in the Park with George, Rent, and most recently Next to Normal is outside of our own comprehension. Look at where we are. Look at where we started.
The show, a hip hopera based on Ron Chernow's biography "Alexander Hamilton," was easily the most popular hit of the season and could likely go on to be the most famous Broadway musical of all time. According to Deadline, "Hamilton" grosses an average of $1.7 million weekly and tickets could be sold out for months.
New York City has even implemented the musical into the public school curriculum. This Pulitzer Prize can only further increase "Hamilton's" well-deserved recognition, if that's even possible.