Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton

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‘Hamilton’ Begins Run In Puerto Rico To Benefit Hurricane Victims

January 11, 2019 - 7:00 am

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (WCBS 880) — The mega hit musical "Hamilton" opens Friday in Puerto Rico for a limited time to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Maria.

Lin-Manuel Miranda plans to reprise the leading role at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center (Bellas Artes), days after he and three of his “Hamilton” co-creators saved a legendary city bookstore.

Director Thomas Kail spoke with WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond, saying the Drama Book Shop holds a special place in their hearts, as the two first began their working relationship in the basement of the store in 2002.

“I was so moved over the last few days with friends of mine from the ages of 25 to 90-years-old who have their own story about the bookshop. And it just felt like it was as essential to them as it was in my group and we did everything we could to try to ensure that it would be around for the next hundred years,” Kail said.

Now, Kail and Miranda are teaming up for another mission: to help arts organizations impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

“It’s extraordinarily meaningful because it's an opportunity for all of us to bring much-needed attention to the challenges they still face, to show that a first-class productions like ours and like so many others can come and be received there and we hopefully can leave behind some broad-based support and allow more arts to flourish there,” the director said.

The theatre troupe looks to raise $15 million for the Flamboyan Arts Fund to benefit artists and arts institutions.

Additionally, the performances will be made accessible to people of all backgrounds, including students who will be able to purchase $10 tickets.

"120,000 people seeing a Broadway show or a national for $10, is something that is part of our legacy and we can continue to look to work on and have be a part of the story of 'Hamilton,'" Kail said.

The “Hamilton” director says their ultimate goal is the leave an “impactful and meaningful financial gain for these arts organizations.”

Performances will run from Jan. 12 through Jan. 27. For ticket information, visit hamiltonmusical.com/puerto-rico.