Lin-Manuel Miranda and his father Luis A. Miranda, Jr. were welcomed to Puerto Rico by Bomba and Pleneros on December 27.
Fans waving the island's flag proudly were also there to celebrate the arrival of the Tony Award-winner, who is bringing Hamilton to La Isla Del Encanto for a limited run from January 8-27 at their Teatro UPR.
Proceeds from the production will benefit musicians and help revitalize the arts scene, that suffered after Hurricane Maria devastaged the island in September.
This has been about a year in the making and I’m so excited to be here finally," Miranda, whose parents were both born in Puerto Rico, said during a press conference shortly after his arrival.
"There’s been a lot of preparations and, like my grandmother---may she rest in peace, used to say, 'Lin-Manuel, eso es invento.' This really is a lot of me making things up as I go, just as she said.
We’re hoping to raise $15,000 for artists and artistic organizations to recover from Hurricane Maria. To work with tourism and invite everyone to Puerto Rico, is another dream come true for me."
Miranda and the musical's cast flew from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marin International Aiport thanks to a sponsorship deal with JetBlue.
The multi-hyphenate admitted he knew early on that he'd bring Hamilton to Puerto Rico and there's no better time than the present.
"I knew ever since I got my first rave review for Hamilton in the New York Times, I knew I’d bring it to Puerto Rico one day," he added.
"I could’ve sent someone else to play Hamilton, but I would’ve been too jealous of whoever got to play him. I would’ve been sitting back here thinking, 'He isn’t getting it right!' I knew I had to do it.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.
We’re doing it, we’re here and we hope to have the best month ever and do a lot of good for the island while we're here."