Hamilton’s 27-day residency in Puerto Rico kicks off on Friday night (Jan. 11). Here’s everything you need to know.
The show will take place Jan. 11-27 at Centro De Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in San Juan. That, however, wasn’t the original venue. Hamilton was originally slated to play at the University of Puerto Rico, the alma mater of Lin Manuel Miranda’s father, Luis. But security concerns arising over budget-cut protests at the university led to the relocation and a change of dates. On Dec. 21, Hamilton production announced the show would move to Centro de Bellas Artes and pushed back the opening date from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11. Three additional dates were added to compensate for the delay.
Tickets have been going fast. But hundreds of tickets have been set aside for a lottery that will entitle winners to two seats at $10 each, with many of those lottery tickets specifically for students.
This will be the second time Miranda has performed at the venue. He also starred there in the Puerto Rican edition of his first major musical In the Heights in 2010. This will mark the first time in two years that Miranda has played the role of Hamilton onstage.
Hamilton in Puerto Rico is not just entertainment. One of the goals in taking the musical there was to raise at least $15 million for the Flamboyan Arts Fund, created by Miranda and his family in partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation. The Flamboyan Foundation works to ensure children in the U.S. and Puerto Rico receive an “outstanding education.” The limited-term arts fund will support specific institutions and art groups, including the University of Puerto Rico, dance company Andanza and theater group Y No Había Luz.
The U.S. government is very interested in Hamilton in Puerto Rico. CBS reports that more than 30 members of Congress will be in Puerto Rico opening week, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. CBS said lawmakers will be there for a winter retreat organized by Bold PAC, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ fundraising arm.
Media interest in Hamilton is high. Dozens of outlets are in the island covering the show and everything leading up to it. They include The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which is planning a special edition with guests Miranda, Ozuna, Bad Bunny, Jose Feliciano and chef José Andrés that will air Jan. 15