‘Hamilton’ wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama

Image of the Pulitzer award medal.
Anyone surprised “Hamilton” won the prize for drama? Didn’t think so.

Is there anyone who didn’t think ‘t that “Hamilton” wast going to win the Pulitzer for drama. If so, they haven’t been paying attention much lately.

The following is an article about the Pulitzer winners published by USA Today.

The Pulitzer winners for 2016

On the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzers, a wildly popular “history” musical won the prize for drama. Yes, Hamilton strikes again.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, 36, the show’s creator and star, on Monday won the Pulitzer for the hip-hop show about Alexander Hamilton, which started off-Broadway at the Public Theater, and is the now impossible-to-get ticket on Broadway. The Pulitzer committee called it a landmark American musical” that is “both contemporary and irresistible.” The show also won a Grammy this year for best musical theater album.

Miranda, who loves to Tweet, sent this out shortly after winning the Pulitzer:

“Grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful grateful great full.”

In a more formal statement, he said: “It is a tremendous honor to even be considered for this very prestigious award. (Librettist) Quiara (Alegría Hudes) and I were elated to have been recognized as finalists for In the Heights, so to win today for Hamilton is beyond my wildest dreams. This award is for everyone who has been a part of Hamilton’s six-plus-year journey.”  Miranda also expressed his excitement at Hamiltonbeing only the ninth musical to win the drama award; others include South PacificA Chorus Line and Rent.

The award for Hamilton overshadowed the crop of literary winners also announced at Columbia University by Mike Pride, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

In fiction, the prize went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, “a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’ — and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.”

The general non-fiction prize winner was Black Flags: The Rise of Isis by Joby Warrick, “a deeply reported book of remarkable clarity showing how the flawed rationale for the Iraq War led to the explosive growth of the Islamic State.”

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles won the history prize. The Pulitzer board described it as “a rich and surprising new telling of the journey of the iconic American soldier whose death turns out not to have been the main point of his life.”

In biography/autobiography, the winner was Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan, “a finely crafted memoir of a youthful obsession that has propelled the author through a distinguished writing career. “

Peter Balakian won the poetry prize.

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