Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton.’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)
Today, award-winning actor, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, and producer Jeffrey Seller announced onstage at Teatro UPR, the theater at the University of Puerto Rico, that Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical, will play Puerto Rico, starring Miranda himself in the title role.
Hamilton: An American Musical will play a three-week run, January 8 through 27, 2019, at Teatro UPR, 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.”
Built in 1939, Teatro UPR is considered Puerto Rico’s most iconic stage. The theatre is located at the heart of the campus and has hosted legendary stage, music, and opera performances by local and international companies, as well as lectures with legends of the world’s cultural scene.
The birthplace and first home of the world-renowned Casals Festival, Teatro UPR has most recently hosted Spanish language productions of Evita, Into the Woods, Master Class, The Sound of Music and Once on This Island. Raúl Juliá and Miriam Colón, among many other artists of Puerto Rican descent who have made a mark on Broadway and Hollywood, got their start at Teatro UPR.
“Playing In the Heights in Puerto Rico in 2010 was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said producer Jeffrey Seller. “When Lin said he wanted to take Hamilton: An American Musical to Puerto Rico and play the role again, I almost leapt out of my chair. Bringing the story of this Caribbean founding father to the Caribbean with hometown hero Lin-Manuel will be another history-making event. 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. Arts and culture are pillars of 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.”
The local co-presenting partner in Puerto Rico is The Acisum Group.
“Right now, people in Puerto Rico need good news that would bring them hope, optimism, courage and a solid vision for the future,” said Ender Vega, president of the Acisum Group, the production’s co-presenting partner. “We have no doubt that Hamilton: An American Musical’s premiere in Puerto Rico in January 2019 will do just that.”
Today’s announcement was made from the stage at the Teatro UPR, which suffered damage during Hurricane Maria’s landfall on September 20. Teatro UPR has undergone prior restorations, most recently in 2006, and will undergo repairs before Hamilton: An American Musical’s 2019 opening, including roofing and ventilation systems damaged by the category 4 storm.
“We thank Lin-Manuel, Luis Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and their team for their trust in this centenary-old institution to bring one of the finest internationally acclaimed productions to the people of Puerto Rico. This is a unique opportunity for the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, one of the main cultural drivers of our island. Today’s announcement demonstrates Lin-Manuel’s genuine commitment to the advancement of our people,” said Dr. Luis A. Ferrao Delgado, Interim Chancellor of the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.
Additional casting and box office information for Hamilton: An American Musical’s engagement in Puerto Rico will be announced at a future date.