The musical phenomenon Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda are coming to Puetro Rico.
The Pulitzer-winning creator announced on Wednesday that in January 2019 he will reprise his role as Founding Father Alexander Hamilton for a limited stage run. Miranda’s turn as Hamilton began in January 2015 during its off-Broadway run, before transitioning to Broadway in July.
This announcement came directly from Puerto Rico. Miranda who is of Puerto Rican decent regularly visited his grandparents in Vega Alta as a child. In a statement he explained what it means to him to bring the production to Puerto Rico especially in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation.
“Bringing [Hamilton] to Puerto Rico is a dream that I’ve had since we first opened at The Public Theater in 2015. 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.”
Miranda earned a Tony nomination for his performance in Hamilton, in addition to his wins for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
Hamilton will run at the University of Puerto Rico Teatro UPR from January 8 to 27, 2019.