Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and producer Jeffrey Seller have announced that the hit Broadway musical will play Puerto Rico, starring Miranda himself in the title role, in 2019. The show will play a three-week run from January 8-27, 2019 at Teatro U.P.R., the theater at the University of Puerto Rico's main campus in the Río Piedras section of San Juan.
"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," said Lin-Manuel Miranda. "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."
"In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, we hope Hamilton: An American Musical can play a positive role in bringing the artistic pulse of the community back to life," Seller continued. "Arts and culture are pillars for economic development, cultural tourism, community empowerment and growth. As always, we will work to ensure accessibility for all audiences and a large proportion of our seats for every performance will be available by lottery for $10 each — a Hamilton."
Miranda and Seller made the announcement onstage at Teatro U.P.R., which suffered damage during Hurricane Maria's landfall on September 20. Teatro U.P.R. has undergone prior restorations, most recently in 2006, and will undergo repairs before the show's 2019 opening, including roofing and ventilation systems damaged by the storm.
With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. The musical won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography, and Orchestrations.
Additional casting and box office information for Hamilton's engagement in Puerto Rico will be announced at a future date.
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