Writer of hit West End musical joins star-studded Joe Biden inauguration lineup

Barney Davis
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<p>Lin-Manuel Miranda joins Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake for the inauguration</p> (Getty)

Lin-Manuel Miranda joins Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake for the inauguration

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Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has been added to the star-studded lineup for the inauguration of Joe Biden.

The musical composer and lyricist will recite a classical work during the event on Wednesday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced in a statement.

Former basketballer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is the NBA’s leading all-time scorer, chef Jose Andres and Kim Ng, the first female leader of an MLB baseball team, have also been added to the bill.

They will join musicians including Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and John Legend in appearing at the ceremony.

Watch: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem as Mr Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn in to office, with Jennifer Lopez also giving a musical performance.

Later that day, Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute prime-time TV special celebrating Mr Biden’s inauguration.

It comes as former FBI Director James Comey likened outgoing president Donald Trump to a “mob boss”.

Mr Comey, who was fired by Mr Trump in 2017, was asked about what Mr Trump is like and how he will cope with not being in office any more by Sophy Ridge on Sky News.

He said: “I have never seen an adult with a greater hunger for affirmation than Donald Trump.

“I’ve seen it in two-year-olds and three-year-olds.

“Then there’s one other piece that people don’t often see – there’s a menace to him in private that you don’t pick up in public and I have felt it sitting close to him, that constantly reminded me of a mob boss because I’ve known mob bosses and helped put them in jail.

“That menace, coupled with that hunger for affirmation, is a really dangerous recipe.”

Reporting by PA

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