People magazine reported yesterday (January 14) that San Juan theatergoers gave Lin-Manuel Miranda a standing ovation at his first performance of “Hamilton,” his Tony-winning musical, in the Puerto Rican capital city over the weekend.
“I’ve never felt anything like that,” Miranda said at a press conference on opening night (January 11). “I didn’t see anyone standing; I just felt it. It was the first time I felt a cheer. I felt my hair move because of a cheer and I will never forget it.”
The theatrical run, which wraps January 27, supports the Puerto Rican-descended artist’s ongoing support of Hurricane Maria recovery. Proceeds from select VIP tickets aid the Flamboyan Arts Fund’s mission to uplift the commonwealth’s artists and arts institutions and coordinate philanthropic and government support.
Miranda is also encouraging visitors to spend money while they are in San Juan for the show. “People are going to come to Puerto Rico because of ‘Hamilton,’ and hopefully spend a lot of money here in small businesses on the island,” Miranda told People. “But they’re also going to see how much work is left to be done.”
Tonight (January 15), Miranda will appear in an episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” that was taped in Puerto Rico. Fallon will perform a song from “Hamilton” with Miranda and explore the island’s cusine with chef José Andrés, who also coordinated recovery support. The host told The Associated Press that the episode aims to promote tourism and celebrate the island’s vitality.