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“I just love this island so much”: Lin-Manuel Miranda after “Hamilton” debut in Puerto Rico



San Juan, Puerto Rico – During a noisy standing ovation, Lin-Manuel Miranda pulled out a Puerto Rican flag, waved it in front of the catchy audience and then wrapped it around his back to exit from the stage.

"I love this island so much and I just want it to be proud of me," Miranda told reporters on Friday after the premiere of her Broadway hit "Hamilton" in Puerto Rico, where the award-winning playwright and musician trace its roots.

The three-week run of the musical on the island, which is home to some 3.2 million US citizens, is raising funds for artists and arts organizations. Miranda's father told CBS News that the production plans to leave $ 1

5 million over the next three weeks for the Flamboyan Arts Fund, which was started by his family.

Miranda, who resumed her role as First Secretary of the American Treasury Alexander Hamilton Friday after two and a half years, one of the most gratifying aspects of the "Hamilton" debut on the island was that it was accessible to Puerto Ricans of the class workers, including many from rural cities throughout the United States.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks at the Santurce Fine Arts Center, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday 11 January 2019.

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As the island is still recovering from devastating hurricanes and struggling to cope with years of economic instability, the Miranda family has placed a price of $ 10 on 10,000 tickets – including many for college students – through a system of lottery. Miranda said that seeing the ticket winners proudly announce their city on social media was extremely rewarding.

"He became a pueblo who won the lottery," he said, referring to the Spanish word for city.

The "Hamilton" tour in Puerto Rico is the first time Miranda will perform on the island since her first known musical "In the Heights" was presented for the first time in 2010. The three-week run "Hamilton" has been scheduled for two years and has met some challenges along the way. Miranda and his team had to change the production site because of the student protests expected at the University of Puerto Rico, which originally would have hosted the success of Broadway.

At a press conference on the day of the inauguration, CBS News asked Miranda, a vocal critic of President Trump who ran the island recovery efforts at the turn of the hurricanes Maria and Irma, on a proposal that would be considered by the White House that would distract billions of dollars in emergency aid funds in Puerto Rico and in several states hit by natural disasters to finance a wall along the US-US border Mexico.

"I think it's absolutely monstrous," he said.

At the start of the day, Miranda told CBS News David Begnaud that the island needs more federal investment and "debt relief" to fully recover from the damage caused by storms, as well as economic problems that have plagued the island for years.

Miranda hopes that bringing his acclaimed musical to Puerto Rico will increase awareness of the important challenges that the island continues to face.

"People will come to Puerto Rico because of Hamilton and I hope to spend a lot of money here," he said, adding, "But they will also see blue tarps and they will see how much remains to be done."


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