Lin-Manuel Miranda on Taking Hamilton to Puerto Rico: "It's Impossible to Talk About This Without Crying"
Lin-Manuel Miranda—writer and star of the Tony-, Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize–winning musical Hamilton
—was born to Puerto Rican parents and has a strong connection to the island. Here, an emotional Lin-Manuel opens up to Oprah about what it means to bring his Broadway hit to Puerto Rico in January 2019, especially in light of the devastation wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
"It's impossible to talk about this without crying," Lin-Manuel says, tearing up. "I knew I was taking Hamilton
to Puerto Rico the second we got our New York Times
review and I knew this thing was going to run and have a tour. And the second I did my first Spanish-language interview, the first question was, When are you going to Puerto Rico? I said, 'I don't know, but I promise I'll be Hamilton when it happens.' And so, we had been planning for about six months before Hurricane Maria even hit. And so, all we did was expedite the announcement."
Tune in to Part 2 of
Oprah at the Apollo on Tuesday, March 6, at 10/9c—only on OWN.
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