Lin-Manuel Miranda has had a busy few years since his musical “In the Heights,” a hip-hop-infused celebration of the grit and dreams of Latino immigrants in Washington Heights, became a hit on Broadway and won a shelf full of
Lin-Manuel Miranda in “In the Heights.” Years ago, his father helped him get work composing for campaign advertisements.
He has rapped for President Obama at the White House. He has bantered with Big Bird on “Sesame Street.” He got married, and more than 2.5 million people watched a YouTube video of him, his father-in-law and the bridal party singing and dancing to the song “To Life” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Now, at 32, he has his third credit on Broadway, as one of the creators of “Bring It On: The Musical,” about cheerleading competitions.
But as the composer’s fame spreads, one piece of Mr. Miranda’s past has been little noted: In his 20s, while he was writing and revising “In the Heights,” he supported himself in part by composing music for advertisements for local political candidates.
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