Lin-Manuel Miranda returns to Hamilton
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.
He later told reporters at a press conference backstage following the sold-out performance that “bringing my father out on stage tonight” was the moment he “savoured the most”.
“No one’s worked harder than him,” Miranda said.
“I really thought there was moments he was not going to survive. My dad’s worked in politics and been the most efficient guy in the room his entire career — the whole thing was a test for this. Him getting applause was the highlight of my night.”
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.
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.
He’ll continue to play the part for the next 23 performances in an effort to bring awareness to the island, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the aftermath of the devastating storm, which also caused more than $90 billion in damages.
All profits from Hamilton’s tour in Puerto Rico will go to
a Puerto Rican arts fund that Miranda co-founded.