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Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda among MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ winners

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Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer and star of the Broadway smash Hamilton, has been named among the recipients of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grants.”

The fellowships — given to individuals who “are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways,” according to the foundation’s website — come with $625,000 over the next five years, for each honoree to use however he or she sees fit.

Miranda, who also created the Tony-winning musical In the Heights, is currently starring on Broadway in Hamilton, which opened last month to rave reviews and released its soundtrack this past Friday. The show is likely to be a major player at next year’s Tony Awards, which are set for June 5.

This year’s 24 winners also include author Ta-Nehisi Coates, puppeteer Basil Twist, photographer and video artist LaToya Ruby Frazier, artist Nicole Eisenman, dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, and set designer Mimi Lien.

The full list, which also includes scientists, academics, and other artists, can be found at the MacArthur Foundation’s website