Winning is easy, young man, finding time to celebrate is harder. That is, if you’re Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The 36-year-old Broadway superstar -- who rose to fame with In the Heights before writing and starring in what has arguably become the most popular and important musical of the 21st century -- took to Twitter on Monday to celebrate the show’s latest acclaim: a Pulitzer Prize.
According to his Twitter feed, Miranda was in the studio before the news broke, working on demos for the upcoming Disney animated film, Moana. He even tweeted, “Don't do anything crazy without me, world.”
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Just over an hour later, the official Pulitzer Twitter account announced the news, which Miranda retweeted with an astonished emoji and the hashtag “#YayHamlet,” an inside joke among Hamilton fans based on an encounter the creator and star had with a confused fan.
Miranda, who is also a 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, later reacted with a gif of Christian Bale from Newsies and the caption “PULITZER?!” along with another tweet about how “great full” he felt to receive the honor.
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It’s the centennial year for the Pulitzer Prize awards, which are announced by Columbia University, and the honor is just the latest for the highly acclaimed hot ticket musical on its way to an anticipated major win at June’s Tony Awards. Hamilton has already won countless awards since making its way to Broadway in August 2015, including a slew of Drama Desk honors, an NAACP Image Award, and a GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album. The cast album was also named by Billboard and Rolling Stone in their lists of the Top 10 Albums of 2015.
The show, which is currently sold out months in advance, is also a favorite among high-profile celebrity fans. Jay Z and Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey and the Obamas have stopped by. Matthew McConaughey, James Corden, and Jennifer Lopez have snapped selfies backstage. And Amy Schumer, Selena Gomez, Cate Blanchett, and Emily Blunt, just to name a few, have all fawned over the cast after seeing the impressive live show.
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Even after receiving prestigious awards and the praise of his peers, Miranda still seems a little starstruck by all the accolades, retweeting a few shout-outs on Monday’s honor from the likes of Elmo and “Weird” Al Yankovic.
“*Gets in time machine, grabs 12 year old me by the face* IT GETS SO GOOD KID, JUST HANG IN THERE,” he wrote, before returning to buckle down on Moana tracks.
He’s not throwing away his shot!
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