The Pulitzer-winning musical Hamilton is still drawing crowds to performances around the US since premiering on Broadway in 2015. But soon – for the first time since 2016 – fans will have a chance to see creator Lin-Manuel Miranda return to the title role for a run in Puerto Rico.
A child of parents born in Puerto Rico, Miranda recently visited the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island and left many people without power and necessary resources. Miranda left his role in the musical back in 2016 to work on other projects, but has now announced that he will make his fans’ dreams come true when he returns to the stage in San Juan from 8 to 27 January, 2019.
“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,” he 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.”
Puerto Rico has suffered immensely in the wake of the hurricane, and like many places that rely on the economic benefits of tourism, the impact on the industry will have ramifications for many. Last month, Lonely Planet announced its top places to travel in 2018 and San Juan made the list of top cities. The ranking explains that while the city “did not escape the wrath of the hurricane, there’s no doubt that it will rebuild and remain the enchanting city it’s always been”. Luckily, with Miranda ready to reprise his Tony-winning role and wow fans once again, many people will start eyeing up a trip to the island in the early days of 2019.