Lin Manuel-Miranda, creator and original star of the Tony award-winning Hamilton, will reprise his role as the founding father for a special three-week engagement at Teatro UPR in San Juan, Puerto Rico from January 8 -27, 2019.
After gaining great fame and accolades for the show’s successful debut, the composer turned over the leading role in July of 2016, but the show remains one of the toughest-to-get tickets on Broadway. It is also playing in Chicago and Los Angeles, and will soon travel to London and Seattle, as well.
Manuel-Miranda, who is a Puerto Rican-American, has been very vocal as of late about the state of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the lack of response and assistance from our president in aiding the island’s recovery. Most recently, he released a star-studded track to benefit hurricane relief called “Almost Like Praying”.
In announcing that the show would travel to Puerto Rico, himself and producer Jeffrey Sellers emphasized the importance of instilling hope to the people post-Maria.
“Bringing Hamilton: An American Musical to Puerto Rico is a dream that I’ve had since we first opened at The Public Theater in 2015,” stated Miranda. “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 announcement was made from the stage of Teatro UPR, built in 1939, which suffered a great deal of damage from the category 4 storm and will undergo restorations and repairs before the 2019 bow.
“When Lin said he wanted to take Hamilton to Puerto Rico and play the role again, I almost leapt out of my chair,” producer Jeffrey Seller added. “Bringing the story of this Caribbean founding father to the Caribbean with hometown hero Lin-Manuel will be another history-making event. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, we hope Hamilton can play a positive role in bringing the artistic pulse of the community back to life. Arts and culture are pillars for economic development, cultural tourism, community empowerment and growth. As always, we will work to ensure accessibility for all audiences and a large proportion of our seats for every performance will be available by lottery for $10 each — a Hamilton.”
Additional ticket and casting information will be announced closer to the show’s opening in Puerto Rico.
“Right now, people in Puerto Rico need good news that would bring them hope, optimism, courage and a solid vision for the future,” said Ender Vega, president of local co-presenting partner the Ascium Group. “We have no doubt that Hamilton‘s premiere in Puerto Rico in January 2019 will do just that.”