Hamilton, the Broadway musical that has been a critical and commercial smash hit, has won the Pulitzer prize for drama.
The judges called Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play – which tells the story of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton and the American revolution in rap using a multiethnic cast – “a landmark American musical”.
“We had a very good field in drama this year; there was just one play that really stood out to our board and that was Hamilton,” said Mike Pride, the administrator of the fiercely competitive awards for American journalism, letters, drama and music, on Monday afternoon at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Hamilton has been such a cultural phenomena it has been credited with increasing neighborhood house prices, sparking a growing interest in revolutionary history, and preventing the face of its titular founding father from being removed from the $10 bill. The show has made Miranda into a pop icon with both White House and late-night TV show appearances.