MacArthur genius and Broadway’s “It Guy” Lin-Manual Miranda wants everyone to know how much he loves Puerto Rico. Not only has he been a leading voice in urging the U.S. to send relief after the island was devastated in September by Hurricane Maria. He has lent his name and talent to various relief efforts on the island. Personally and through his family foundation he has donated $2.5 million to charities helping Puerto Rico get back on its feet.
And now he is offering a unique gift to his beloved Puerto Rico: Bringing his award winning Broadway play ‘Hamilton’ and reprising the lead role of Alexander Hamilton. A role he stepped down from on July 9, 2016. The play remains in New York and currently is also playing in Chicago but Miranda has not been part of those productions.
Miranda’s grandparent’s home was destroyed when Hurricane Marie hit in September. In his youth Miranda would spend summer’s with his grandparents in Puerto Rico. Both of Miranda’s parents are of Puerto Rican descent.
Miranda announced plans to bring ‘Hamilton’ in early 2019 for three weeks, starting on January 8th at the Teatro UPR. The theater is located in San Juan at the campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Locals will be able to get $10 tickets with tourists paying top dollar for tickets to benefit the island.
“When I last visited the island, a few weeks before Hurricane Maria, I had made a commitment to not only bring the show to Puerto Rico, but also return again to the title role. In the aftermath of Maria, we decided to expedite the announcement of the project to send a bold message that Puerto Rico will recover and be back in business, stronger than ever.”
The Broadway smash created by Miranda tells the story of the country’s first treasury secretary using hip-hop. It garnered a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations winning 11 of them in 2016. In addition to setting records for one week’s earnings, the show also broke the record for highest ticket price with a $998 price tag. Prices soared as Miranda announced his departure from the cast and traveling ensemble.
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