S AL U D O S H I S PAN O S What will he do for an encore ? Lin Manuel Miranda is a creative genius and a true artist. His Puerto Rican parents’ collec tion of Broadway-musical records was as strong an influence during his New York City upbringing as the hip-hop he would come to love. The disparate elements that he h as mixed and synthesized, elevated and celebrated, has created something profoundly mo ving and completely original. He has redefined the musical and made us see anew the origins of the remarkable experiment called democracy. At the same time, he is able to brilliantly reflect on contemporary life and the melting pot culture we are living in today.