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'Hamilton' Opens In Puerto Rico With An Emotional Performance By Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Lin-Manuel Miranda returned to the stage to play Alexander Hamilton in Puerto Rico, to raise funds for the island.

“People are going to come to Puerto Rico because of ‘Hamilton,’ and hopefully spend a lot of money here,” Miranda said to The New York Times. “But they’re also going to see blue tarps, and they’re also going to see how much work there is to be done.”

The show is being staged at Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré, a local performing arts venue and is expected to raise millions of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

"Miracles do exist!" said an emotional Miranda after the performance, who called Puerto Ricans "the most resilient people on earth."

"Name any other city in the world that would survive this long without power and without, you know, the resources that any, any other American city would get in the wake of a hurricane," said the actor. "I'm in awe of the people of Puerto Rico."

The hit musical will play a special three-week run until January 27, 2019.