New York, NY — The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center will present multi-discipline creative artist Lin-Manuel Miranda with the 18th annual Monte Cristo Award. An alumnus of the O’Neill, Miranda’s first professional production was at the O’Neill’s National Music Theater Conference with In The Heights in 2005. A gala dinner featuring a conversation with the honoree will be held at the Edison Ballroom (New York) on Monday, April 30, 2018.
In 2016, Miranda´s Hamilton was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and earned a record-breaking 16 Tony Nominations, winning 11 Tony Awards including two personally for Mr. Miranda for Book and Score of a Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton won the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
“Lin-Manuel’s pioneering spirit continues to transform the American theater landscape since he first launched and developed his In The Heights at the O’Neill in 2005. We are delighted to recognize him with our 2018 Monte Cristo Award,” said executive director Preston Whiteway.
“The O’Neill is a place I will always hold dear to my heart. It’s a great honor to receive this award and to continue to work with the O’Neill to raise money for scholarships so that more and more artists can benefit from the teachers and mentors and the space they create,” said Miranda.
Miranda joins a list of past Monte Cristo recipients that includes actors Judith Light, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Nathan Lane, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Zeta-Jones among others.
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