Lin Manuel Miranda returns to 'Hamilton' role for first time in years to raise money for Puerto Rico
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"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his role as Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical to raise money in his parents’ homeland of Puerto Rico for artists and arts organizations still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Miranda’s return to the role on Friday marked the opening of the show’s three-week residency on the island and the first time he’s performed in the role in over two-and-a-half years.

“I just love this island so much. And I just want it to be proud of me,” Miranda said to reporters after the show’s debut in Puerto Rico, according to CBS News.


“Today Puerto Rico gave me more energy than ever in my life in that moment. I have never felt anything like that,” he also said.

Miranda’s father told CBS News he expects the production to raise roughly $15 million for the Flamboyan Arts Fund, a fund created by his family to help local artist and arts organizations.

The production also reportedly offered 10,000 tickets to university students and families in Puerto Rico that are still struggling from Hurricane Maria, which hit the island in September 2017, at $10 apiece.

“People are going to come to Puerto Rico because of Hamilton and hopefully spend a lot of money here,” Miranda also reportedly said at a press conference on Friday.

“But they’re also going to see blue tarps. They’re also going to see how much work is left to be done,” he added.