In the words of Maury Yeston, "What a magnificent achievement." The Tony Award-winning composer had the pleasure of announcing Lin-Manuel Miranda's name three times at last night's Drama Desk Award ceremony at New York City's Town Hall. Miranda, creator of the Broadway-bound (and now Drama Desk Award-winning) musical Hamilton, earned awards for his book, music, and lyrics, all within the span of approximately five minutes.
Miranda prepared fresh speeches for each trip to the podium, but in true Miranda form, they all came with their own rhyme schemes and were all blissfully short. For those who missed TheaterMania's Livestream of the ceremony, here are his award-winning stanzas, forever to be remembered in the Drama Desk archives. You can watch the Livestream here.
Presumably, there is still one more acceptance poem for Outstanding Actor (which he lost to An American in Paris' Robert Fairchild) lingering in Miranda's jacket pocket. So Lin, if you're reading this, the world wants to know whom you'd like to thank for your acting chops — and in what meter.
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Ron Chernow wrote a wondrous book, really it's one for the ages
I wasn't sure I had what it took to adapt over eight hundred pages
Jeffrey and Tommy believed I could, sharpened it where it was blurry
But this is for John Weidman, who every year told me to shut up and hurry
Sondheim was right
Art isn't easy
To be on a list with JRB-zy
Kander, Friedman, Sting, Malloy
I am a grateful, grateful boy
Thank you to Sondheim for preaching variety
Harnick for teaching me levity
My wife who soothes my anxiety
Finally Twitter for teaching me brevity
For tickets to Hamilton on Broadway, click here.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Maury Yeston
- John Weidman
- Drama Desk Awards
- Robert Fairchild
- Town Hall
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