Before he dances his way to the big screen in Mary Poppins Returns, Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrated Hollywood stardom in true Tinseltown fashion at his own Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony. The Hamilton composer (and soon-to-be leading player once more) received his star—located steps from the Pantages Theatre, where In the Heights and Hamilton made their L.A. debuts—November 30.
On hand to pay tribute to the Tony and Pultizer Prize winner were two of his idols-turned-peers: Rita Moreno and Weird Al Yankovic. Take a look in the video from Variety above.
Miranda sang the praises of Moreno at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. Moreno returned the gesture, telling him, “You have earned this honor—especially because you made a choice to focus the brilliance of your star power for the good of others,” citing his humanitarian and disaster relief efforts. With a wink, she added, “Your energy is boundless, hombre; your heart is bigger than the West Side.”
Yankovic, who also received a star on the Walk of Fame this year, began his remarks noting how momentous this distinction is for Miranda: “Out of all the awards and honors that Lin-Manuel has won in the last few years, this is easily in the top thousand or so.
“You may have danced to my music and looked up to me when you were a child,” he added, “but now you’re my hero.”
Before the star was unveiled, Miranda took to the podium, noting that his first connection to the Walk of Fame was seeing people pay tribute to stars who’ve passed away by visiting their star. “One day, they’ll put flowers on this star,” he said to moans and protestations. “But not today. Today, we all celebrate…it is one of the great days of my life to be here with you all.”
After Mary Poppins Returns arrives in movie theatres December 19, Miranda will bring Hamilton to Puerto Rico, reprising his performance as the title Founding Father for a three-week engagement.