A report from Vogue.
Hold on to your Hamilton songbooks, because Lin-Manuel Miranda is about to reprise his starring role in über-hit Hamilton—this time, in Puerto Rico. The production will make a three-week run at the University of Puerto Rico’s Teatro UPR in January 2019 and marks the first time that Miranda will perform in the title role since July 2016. The Teatro UPR, built in 1939, was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria when it ravaged the island in September.
In a statement, Miranda said that “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.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of many celebrities (Pitbull and tennis champion Monica Puig are two others) who are continuing to divert their resources and platforms to Hurricane Maria recovery. Miranda already penned “Almost Like Praying,” a song for hurricane relief featuring Latin superstars including Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Proceeds went to the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS program for disaster recovery and relief—Miranda also announced a new partnership with the Federation, with the organization intending to donate $2.5 million in grants focused on recovery. Confirming the news today on Twitter, Miranda wrote that, at least, “I have a year and a bit to remember the words.”