Celebrities Show Their Support at The March For Our Lives
April 8, 2018
Two Broadway stars, known for their leading roles in musicals that shocked the theatre world, are now inspiring change on another platform. Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer of the hit sung-through musical Hamilton and leading actor as Alexander Hamilton himself, may be best known for the new style of ‘show tunes’ he created by incorporating rap music into the soundtrack. Ben Platt made it big with his leading role of Evan Hansen in the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, which has touched hearts of everyone who has followed the story. Both musicals took home the ‘Best Musical’ Tony award after just their first year on Broadway (2016/2017 Tony Awards). Together, Miranda and Platt dropped their Broadway mashup of “The Story of Tonight” from Hamilton and “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen, all in honor of the Parkland Shooting and for the March For Our Lives event on March 24, 2018. The two songs were chosen as a way of showing both inspiration and pride in the overall message of the movement. The duo performed “Found/Tonight” at the march, showing their endless support for the changes that they and millions of other Americans hope to provoke in government policies.
Other performances that took place, including Miley Cyrus’ 2009 hit “The Climb,” all expressed different messages of enduring long journeys or inspiring changes, and each message went towards showing their support of the movement. Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West all came out to march, using their own massive platforms to spread this want for change and put an end to gun violence in America. Every celebrity had his or her own reasons for attending, with different words they had wanted to spread and different stories they had wanted to share, but all came together in the end to truly show that right now is the time for change.