Last summer, Lin-Manuel Miranda took his final Broadway bow as the title character in “Hamilton.” But it turns out it wasn’t his last performance. Miranda will reprise the role — in Puerto Rico.
“Hamilton,” the Broadway smash hit that won 11 Tonys, a Grammy and the Pulitzer Prize, will come to the island with Miranda in January 2019, starting at the University of Puerto Rico’s theater, the school announced Wednesday.
In a statement, Miranda said taking “Hamilton” to Puerto Rico “is a dream that I’ve had” since the show he created first opened 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,” Miranda said, according to Playbill.
Miranda, whose parents moved to New York City from Puerto Rico, has been a vocal advocate for Puerto Rican relief efforts — and a fierce critic of President Donald Trump’s response to the natural disaster. He’s tweeted harsh broadsides about Trump’s comments, include telling the president, “You’re going straight to hell.”
“That’s not how I talk. This is not an everyday occurrence,” Miranda told the New York Times about the tweets. “Then again, I’ve never seen a sitting president attack the victims of a natural disaster.” He then added: “I’m not that guy. But it was the only thing I could think to say in the face of an attack on a people already besieged.”