Broadway musical Hamilton wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Okieriete Onaodowan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, and the company of Hamilton, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and directed by Thomas Kail, running at The Public Theater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

Broadway musical Hamilton has been tipped as a leading awards winner. Picture: Joan Marcus

Broadway hit Hamilton has become one of a select group of musicals to take home a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured show about one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, is only the ninth musical in the prestigious awards’ 100-year history to claim the drama prize.

Previous musical winners were 2010’s Next to Normal and Rent in 1996, Miranda’s debut musical In The Heights was itself a Pulitzer finalist in 2009.

Heavily tipped from its opening night as a leading awards winner, Hamilton has already banked the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album

The show has been playing to sell-out crowds on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre since August last year. Miranda’s latest work debuted Off-Broadway in February 2015 and it was that production which secured the piece’s first gong, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.

Plans have been revealed for a US National tour starting in San Francisco in 2017, and one of the show’s producers, Jeffrey Seller, is reportedly working with Cameron Mackintosh on bringing the show to the West End next year.

Angela Thomas

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