Lin-Manuel Miranda will star in 'Hamilton' in Puerto Rico

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The Tony Award-winning show will head to the island in early 2019 for a three-week run where the Hamilton creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, will reprise his leading role of Alexander Hamilton.

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. "In the aftermath of Maria, we chose 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 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.

Miranda also explained that bringing Hamilton to Puerto Rico was always a dream of his, but now felt like the right time to make it happen. Since then, Miranda has been working exclusively and tirelessly on relief efforts, including releasing the all-star charity single "Almost Like Praying".

Miranda also announced Tuesday that the Hispanic Federation, a non-profit organization founded by his father Luis Miranda, had raised $2.5 million which will be provided to 25 organizations helping the victims of Hurricane Maria.

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.

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The Puerto Rico run of Hamilton aims not only to bring "the story of this Caribbean founding father to the Caribbean" but also to "play a positive role in bringing the artistic pulse of the community back to life", said Seller.

Leave it to Lin-Manuel Miranda to blow us all away. Arts and culture are pillars for economic development, cultural tourism, community empowerment and growth.

The show will continue its tradition of a $10 lottery for a portion of the seats. But if you want to be in the room where it happens, you'll have to travel to Puerto Rico. "With so much to be done and such great urgency before us", he wrote, "let's use our own winds of change to help Puerto Rico dig out and rise up".

In addition to touring productions, a production of Hamilton has opened in Chicago, and it's set to premiere on London's West End in December.

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