Lin-Manuel Miranda to Star in “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico in 2019

Actor and composer of Puerto Rican descent Lin Manuel Miranda distributes food to victims of Hurricane Maria in La Placita de Güisin, in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. // Photo by AP Photo/Carlos Giusti via Newscred

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda will reprise his lead role as Alexander Hamilton in a limited engagement of the hit musical in Puerto Rico.

According to the report, Hamilton will run from January 8-27, 2019, at Teatro UPR, the theater at the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus in the Rio Piedras section of San Juan

Built in 1939, Teatro UPR is considered Puerto Rico’s most iconic stage, and recently hosted Spanish language productions of Evita, Into the Woods, Master Class, The Sound of Music and Once on This Island, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In 2016, Travel Agent was at the Richard Rodgers Theatre to see the Tony Award-winning musical.

For the audience, the show is a highly entertaining history lesson. For the tiny island of Nevis, however, it is helping to create buzz and generate awareness.

Nevis, the sister island to St. Kitts, doesn’t have a massive marketing budget like other Caribbean islands, so to be able to piggy back on the success of New York’s hottest play is the perfect opportunity to use this leverage to make more people aware of the beautiful island in the West Indies.

In case you’re wondering what the correlation is, Alexander Hamilton was born in Nevis and spent the first three years of his life there.

“The ‘Hamilton’ musical has transformed the world’s awareness of Nevis through the immense interest in the play and Alexander Hamilton,” Rand Scholet, president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, told us last year. “People clearly know now that Alexander Hamilton was born in Nevis. When they look into Nevis, they discover an island rich with beauty, world-class resorts and cuisine, and welcoming ambassadors. The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society has seen a dramatic increase of determination to get to Nevis, and every bit of feedback we receive is full of delightful memories.”

And now Miranda is hoping his smash musical will a draw a similar tourism spike to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by back-to-back hurricanes, Irma and Maria

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