Thursday, May 30, 2024

“Hamilton” Creators Get Full Four Year Scholarship Named for Them at Wesleyan University


“Hamilton” creators Lin Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail are getting a full four year scholarship named for them and the Tony winning musical at alma mater Wesleyan University.
The Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize will be awarded to the incoming student (beginning in the class of 2021) who has submitted a creative written work—whether fiction, poetry, lyrics, play, script, nonfiction or other expression—judged to best reflect originality, artistry and dynamism. Miranda and Kail will serve as honorary chairs of the judging committee, which will be composed of other Wesleyan alumni and faculty.
That’s quite an honor for the newly minted Tony winners, and for Miranda– Pulitzer Prize winner this year, as well.

One thing I didn’t mention from Sunday’s Tony Awards: usually the big expected winner of the night walks the red carpet last at awards shows. But Miranda– and his Hamiltonians– came early and made sure to see everyone who wanted to see them. It was very refreshing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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