NBC announced on Wednesday, September 28, that “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda will host “Saturday Night Live” on October 8. That will be the second episode of the upcoming 42nd season of the long-running late-night sketch comedy series (Margot Robbie hosts the season premiere on October 1). With his musical theater background, Miranda could probably have done double-duty as the show’s musical guest as well, but instead that will be the rock group Twenty One Pilots.
Miranda is best known for his work in the theater, for which he has won three Tonys: Best Score for “In the Heights” (2008) and “Hamilton” (2016) and Best Book of a Musical for “Hamilton.” It was “Hamilton” that made Miranda such a beloved crossover success. One of the hottest tickets in Broadway history, “Hamilton” won 11 Tonys overall, including Best Musical. He left the show on July 9 after one year in the title role of treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton, for which he was also nominated for Best Actor in a Musical, losing to his co-star Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr.
Miranda hasn’t just ruled Broadway. He also won two Grammys for Best Musical Theater Album (“In the Heights” and “Hamilton”), and he won an Emmy in 2014 for Best Music and Lyrics for penning the song “Bigger!” for the 67th Annual Tony Awards telecast. Now Miranda could add a potential victory next year for Best Comedy Guest Actor, which has been won four times by “SNL” hosts (Justin Timberlake in 2009 and 2011, Jimmy Fallon in 2012 and 2014).
And Miranda’s Tony, Grammy and Emmy wins mean he’s just an Oscar shy of his EGOT. He could take care of that this year with his original music from the film “Moana.”
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