The Latest: 'Hamilton' wins Pulitzer Prize for drama

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 100th-annual Pulitzer Prizes (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

"Hamilton," the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The dazzling, exuberant musical by creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda has captured popular consciousness like few Broadway shows, having already won a Grammy Award, a spot on the Billboard 200 charts and mentions on "Saturday Night Live." It's a leading favorite in this summer's Tony Awards.

The musical tells the story of how an orphan emigrant from the Caribbean rose to the highest ranks of American society, as told by a young African-American and Latino cast.

It becomes the ninth musical to win the drama award, joining such shows as "South Pacific," ''Sunday in the Park with George" and "Rent." The last musical to nab the prize was "Next to Normal" in 2010.


3 p.m.

The Associated Press has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for articles documenting the use of slave labor in the commercial seafood industry in Indonesia and Thailand.

The award was announced Monday at Columbia University in New York City.

AP journalists Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan (TOO'-san) documented how men from Myanmar and other countries were imprisoned, sometimes in cages, in Indonesia and forced to work on vessels that sent seafood to Thailand.

The project involved interviewing captives and tracking slave-caught seafood to processing plants that supply supermarkets, restaurants and pet stores in the U.S.


11:30 a.m.

The winners of Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts are set to be announced in New York City.

This is the contest's 100th year. The winners are being revealed Monday afternoon at Columbia University.

The Pulitzer Prizes will recognize the best journalism of 2015 in newspapers, magazines and web sites. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.

In the arts, prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama and music.


This story has been corrected to show that the first Pulitzer was awarded in 1917, not 1916.