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‘Hamilton’ Wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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As was widely anticipated, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Founding Fathers musical “Hamilton” took home one of theater’s top honors April 18.

Announced via livestream from Columbia University’s World Room, the Pulitzer Prizes for achievements in letters, drama, and music honored the best arts and culture of last year. Miranda was named the recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, one of seven annually awarded prizes, for his work as the composer, lyricist, and book writer of “Hamilton.” Depicting the life and times of Alexander Hamilton with a mixture of hip hop and traditional musical styles, the show has shattered box office records since its Broadway transfer from the Public Theater in August.

Two new American plays were also honored as finalists: Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “Gloria.”

“Hamilton” marks only the ninth musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama since the inaugural year almost a century ago, and the first since Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s “Next to Normal” in 2010. Last year’s winner was Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “Between Riverside and Crazy.” For more information on this year’s Pulitzer Prizes, visit pulitzer.org.

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