Lin-Manuel Miranda gives Alexander Hamilton ‘weird present’ for birthday: ‘Hamilton’ run in Puerto Rico
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"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Friday joked that he had a "weird" birthday gift for Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father and Constitutional Convention participant who was born this day in 1755.

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Miranda, who created the Broadway musical "Hamilton" and starred as the historical figure in the show's original Broadway run, tweeted that the musical's run in Puerto Rico would begin Friday, coinciding with Hamilton's birthday.

"Happy birthday, man. I have kind of a weird present for you this year. Proud of it," Miranda tweeted, adding the hashtag "#HamiltonPR."

 

Miranda previously announced the show's 2019 run in Puerto Rico back in November of 2017, shortly after Hurricane Maria's landfall devastated the island territory, killing thousands.

“Bringing [‘Hamilton’] to Puerto Rico is a dream that I’ve had since we first opened at The Public Theater in 2015,” Miranda said at the time.

“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," he continued. "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's parents were born on the island and the Tony Award-winning performer stood out as a vocal critic of the Trump administration's response to disaster cleanup efforts on the island last year.

Organizers explained in 2017 that a “large proportion” of the seats for every performance of “Hamilton” on the island would be made available via a lottery system for $10 each.

“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,” producers said at the time.