Lin-Manuel Miranda has always celebrated Puerto Rico and his Puerto Rican heritage, and he has certainly been doing his part to bring attention and aid to the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This morning, Miranda announced not only that he’ll be bringing his musical Hamilton to Puerto Rico in 2019, but that he will reprise the title role, which he left in 2016.
Miranda and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller made the announcement at the Teatro UPR (University of Puerto Rico). The theater venue sustained damage during the hurricane, but is set to be repaired in time for the show’s run from January 8-27, 2019. In a statement, Miranda explained, via Playbill:
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.
Earlier in Miranda’s Puerto Rico visit, he also announced he would be teaming up with the Hispanic Federation (who he teamed up with for his charity single “Almost Like Praying”) for a hurricane relief fund with the aim of donating $2.5 million to local non-profit Maria recovery projects.