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Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Lin-Manuel Miranda will star in 'Hamilton' in Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda will star in 'Hamilton' in Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda is returning to "Hamilton" for a three-week run of the Tony award-winning musical in Puerto Rico in 2019, its creator announced Wednesday.

"With Puerto Rico general obligation bond prices down more than 40 points since March, trading for roughly 30 cents on the dollar, we think valuations are looking more favorable than in the past", David Hammer, Pimco's head of municipal bond portfolio management for the Newport Beach, California-based firm, wrote in a quarterly report posted on the firm's website. Miranda and producer Jeffrey Seller made the announcement November 8 on the Teatro UPR stage, which suffered damage as Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September.

The lead character of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's Founding Father, was born out of wedlock in the West Indies, an area in which Puerto Rico is located. He convened a group of Latin music all-stars for a charity track, "Almost Like Praying", to raise money for hurricane relief.

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.

'In the aftermath of Maria we made a decision 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'. "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.

The Department of Energy is examining a potential Jones Act exemption for Puerto Rico, but a key issue is that other U.S. port locations, such as Hawaii, would seek an exemption as well, according to an agency source.

In addition to touring productions, a production of Hamilton has opened in Chicago, and it's set to premiere on London's West End in December.

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