Monday—Lin-Manuel Miranda's Sonnet

In 2009, we flew to New York and saw, In the Heights, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.  

Our night out on Broadway 2009

The Work

Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for In The Heights and performed in the lead role.  For his performance, he was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.  The show won Best Musical, and he received a Tony for Best Original Score.   In 2009, he won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

He is currently performing on Broadway in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in the musical, Hamilton. He wrote the book on which the musical is based, and again, scored the music and wrote the lyrics.  For this achievement, he was awarded both the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.  

Hamilton was nominated for 16 Tony Awards.  Last night, it won 11 Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.  Mr. Miranda was again nominated for Best Actor in a Musical.

In accepting the Tony for best score, he read a sonnet that he had written in light of yesterday's tragic violence and loss of life in Orlando.  A resolute message from the heart to those who perpetuate hate and violence and intolerance.  

His wife's name is Vanessa, and Eliza refers to the wife of Alexander Hamilton, a key character in the story.


My wife's the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.

We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they're finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised,
not one day.

This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when 
hate and fear seemed stronger;

We rise and fall and light from dying embers,
remembrances that hope and love last longer, 

And love is love—is love—is love—is love—is love—is love—is love

Cannot be killed or swept aside.

I sing Vanessa's symphony, Eliza tells her story

Now, fill the world with music, love and pride.

• • •

• love • endures • love • conquers •

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