Lin-Manuel Miranda gets star on PR's Walk of Fame, advocates arts education

Published July 29, 2016


Award-winning American actor, composer and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda strongly advocated arts education in Puerto Rico after his star was unveiled on the U.S. commonwealth's Walk of Fame in this capital.

"I'm thankful I had an education that included the arts and music. I was able to rehearse and perform plays in school and that's crucial for one's schooling because it compliments everything," Miranda, best known for creating and starring in the acclaimed Broadway musicals "In the Heights" and "Hamilton," said after Wednesday's ceremony in the San Juan tourist district of Condado.

Miranda also said he had made a donation to the library at the school his great-grandfather, Ignacio Miranda, attended in the northern Puerto Rican town of Vega Alta, located west of San Juan.

The son of Puerto Rican parents who was born and raised in Manhattan, Miranda recently wrapped up a successful season on Broadway playing the role of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in the musical "Hamilton," for which he wrote the book, musical score and lyrics.

Set to hip-hop, rhythm & blues and pop music, the musical won 11 Tony Awards last month, as well as the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

"My God. I don't know where to begin with you, who took time out of your day to come, sing 'Hamilton' and share this moment for our family and the Puerto Rican family," Miranda said at the ceremony.

With his star, Miranda joins famed Puerto Rican recording artists Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Roselyn Sanchez, Lucecita Benitez, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Rafael Ithier, among other recipients of this honor.

Also Wednesday, Miranda led a group of local artists in a poetry recital focused on the works of late Puerto Rican poet Francisco Matos Paoli.

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