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Lin-Manuel Miranda Returns To 'Hamilton' To Raise Funds For Puerto Rico
GRAMMY winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is reprising his role in Hamilton for 24 performances at the University of Puerto Rico for causes close to his heart: raising money for the arts, as well as the spirits of the people on the island as they continue to rebuild from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 1, 2018
All the profits from Hamilton performances in Puerto Rico will go to The Flamboyan Arts Fund, co-launched by Miranda, which preserves the arts on the island. The show's run will begin in January 2019 and will star Miranda, who also wrote the musical, three years after leaving the role in July 2016. This will be his first reprise in the role since then.
"I believe art helps us survive. We can't wait for Puerto Rico to recover to then support the arts because there is no telling when that will be," he told People. "We need to support the artists who are out there now. We need to have their backs."
The multi-talented star has been one of the many artists using his platform to bring awareness to the devastating effects left by the hurricane after it hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. Some people are still living in homes battered by the storm and some families still don’t have power.
In a November 2017 statement, Miranda said he'd been wanting to bring the show to Puerto Rico. "I had made a commitment to not only bring the show to Puerto Rico, but also return again to the title role," he said. "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."
Miranda, whose parents are Puerto Rican, has been actively bringing awareness to the hurricane's lingering devastating effects, as well as supporting relief efforts, through his song, "Almost Like Praying."