Award-winning composer, lyricist, and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda left his legacy on Hollywood Boulevard after receiving a star on the Walk of Fame on Friday Nov. 30.
Miranda is best known for creating and starring in the groundbreaking Broadway musicals “Hamilton” and “In the Heights”, along with various TV and film credits, the most recent being “Mary Poppins Returns.” Not only is he an active voice in the entertainment community, but also as an activist.
The work he’s done over the span of his career has impacted many, which was evident by the crowds of people who attended in the audience. Fans lined the street in anticipation as they waited, some having gotten there as early as 3 a.m. Many wore costumes and merchandise from his work, and even engaged in a “Hamilton” sing along as they waited for the ceremony to begin.
The ceremony itself took place outside the Pantages Theatre, a historic spot both in Los Angeles and for Lin-Manuel Miranda, who recalled having performed there for his first musical “In the Heights”, and which is now the home to his star. “It means the world to me that my star is outside this theatre because I love it so much,” Miranda commented during his speech.
Also in attendance to Friday’s ceremony was actress Rita Moreno and singer-songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic, both of whom also spoke and helped unveil the star. “You have earned this honor—especially because you made a choice to focus the brilliance of your star power for the good of others,” said Moreno. Yankovic added on by describing Miranda as “gifted beyond words,” “absolutely fearless” and “the best human I know”.
The magnitude of the ceremony and the words spoken there prompted many who were watching to shed a few tears, including Miranda himself. It was an emotional day all around.