Lin-Manuel Miranda not throwing away his shot to bring ‘Hamilton’ to Puerto Rico

November 8, 2017 GMT

Lin-Manuel Miranda not throwing away his shot to bring ‘Hamilton’ to Puerto Rico

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Lin-Manuel Miranda is returning to the role that made him a household name. But if you want to be in the room where it happens, you’ll have to travel to Puerto Rico.

The creator of the pop culture phenomenon “Hamilton” is bringing the musical to the hurricane-ravaged island for a three-week limited run in 2019, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

“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,” Miranda said in a statement. “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, who last played Alexander Hamilton on Broadway over a year ago, is of Puerto Rican descent and spent vacations there growing up visiting his grandparents. NBC News recently reported the Hispanic Federation, the non-profit founded by Miranda’s father, will donate $2.5 million to help in the recovery.

THR reports “Hamilton” will be staged at Teatro UPR in San Juan. The theater, Puerto Rico’s most famous, was damaged in the storm and will require repairs before Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson, King George III and the Schuyler sisters arrive in the island of enchantment.

“Hamilton,” winner of 11 Tony Awards in 2016, is currently selling out productions in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The show is scheduled for a five-week run at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre starting July 17, 2018.