9. The Start Of Broadway Dreams
In 2002, Miranda collaborated with John Buffalo Mailer and director Thomas Kail to make his musical In the Heights stage-worthy. The story is about a mostly Dominican-American neighborhood in Washington Heights in New York City, and the events that transpire over three days. Miranda starred in the musical as one of the main characters, Usnavi, then took a break in 2009.
The musical began at the National Music Theatre Conference in Connecticut in 2005, and then opened off-Broadway from February to July 2007. Then, the musical got a big break and officially opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in March 2008. It won a Grammy Award for best musical show album in 2009 and four Tony Awards for best original score written for the theatre, best orchestrations, best choreography and best musical in 2008.
The show also began a number of tours, including North America, Philippines, Panama, Brazil, the UK, Japan, Australia, South Korea and Peru. Miranda reprised his role a number of times while on tour, including in Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He then went back to the Broadway production from December 2010 until it closed on January 9, 2011.
This was only the start for Miranda. Another production he involved himself in was the New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center series revival of tick, tick … BOOM!, which was written by composer Jonathan Larson, who won a Pulitzer and three Tony Awards for his musical Rent. The musical is an autobiographical musical about an aspiring composer questioning his life choices. Miranda starred as Jon for the four-day revival.