Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings ‘Hamilton’ to a Troubled but Appreciative Puerto Rico
There used to be one small rally out of doors the display’s opening Friday night time: About a dozen advocates of statehood for Puerto Rico collected in the back of a banner, preserving indicators and shouting slogans. The protesters stated they’d no problems with “Hamilton” but have been the usage of the instance to name consideration to their considerations.
The manufacturing is a fund-raiser, anticipated to generate about $15 million for the Flamboyan Arts Fund, a Miranda circle of relatives effort to beef up Puerto Rican artists. The cash is being raised partly during the sale of a number of thousand tickets for $five,000 every; about a quarter of all of the tickets are being bought for $10 every.
At the Friday night time opening, there have been a few boldfaced names from the mainland, together with the tv manufacturer Shonda Rhimes, the musician Questlove and the tv host Jimmy Fallon; a selection of Puerto Rican celebrities, together with the singer Lucecita Benítez, the comic Raymond Arrieta, and the previous Miss Universe Denise Quiñones; and the Spanish chef José Andrés, who used to be lively in aid efforts right here after the 2017 storm.
There have been additionally “Hamilton” alumni, together with Leslie Odom Jr., who received a Tony as the unique Aaron Burr, and a lot of people that performed some phase within the introduction of the display, together with Ron Chernow, the historian whose biography impressed it.
There have been additionally a lot of people that simply sought after to see “Hamilton.”
“The fact that Lin-Manuel is Puerto Rican makes us all here so proud,” stated Melissa González, a attorney who were given tickets simply two days in the past. She attended together with her husband, Carlos Surillo, additionally a attorney, who cited the significance of celebrities to Puerto Rico’s reason. “Figures like Roberto Clemente, Raul Juliá and now Lin-Manuel have moved Puerto Rico forward,” he stated.
Some buyers got here from significantly additional away. Paul McQue, who’s from Scotland, stated he had already noticed “Hamilton” as soon as on Broadway, thrice in Chicago and 9 instances in London, but had now not but noticed Mr. Miranda play the lead function, so he got here to San Juan.
After the display there used to be a birthday celebration at Popular Center, a banking tower in San Juan’s monetary district. There have been conventional Puerto Rican meals — gandules (pigeon peas), morcilla (blood sausage), trifongo (a mash of fried inexperienced and yellow plantain with yuca) and tembleque (coconut pudding) — and a covers band (“Despacito,” after all, in addition to “Billie Jean”).