Lin-Manuel Mi­randa re­turns to Hamil­ton

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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.

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