Tear­ful Mi­randa praises fa­ther

The London Free Press - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Lin-Manuel Mi­randa broke down in tears as he re­turned to the lead role of his mu­si­cal Hamil­ton on Fri­day. The Mary Pop­pins Re­turns star was over­whelmed as he brought his fa­ther on stage for the open­ing night of the hit show at the Luis A. Ferre Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Puerto Rico. “No one moved more moun­tains than him,” he told the de­lighted crowd of his fa­ther Luis, who is run­ning the pro­duc­tion, dur­ing the cur­tain call. Mi­randa reprised his role of Alexan­der Hamil­ton for the spe­cial pro­duc­tion in Puerto Rico for the first time since leav­ing the orig­i­nal Broad­way cast in 2016, but at a press con­fer­ence back­stage fol­low­ing the sold­out per­for­mance he said “bring­ing my fa­ther out on stage tonight” was the mo­ment he “savoured the most”. The open­ing night was also a star-stud­ded one, with Jimmy Fal­lon, Shonda Rhimes and Les­lie Odom Jr., who won a Tony Award for his role in the Broad­way pro­duc­tion of the mu­si­cal, in the au­di­ence.

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