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Lin-Manuel Wants To Keep Lots Of Ticket Prices Down To $10 When He Brings ‘Hamilton’ To Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda has been doing just about everything he can for Puerto Rico. He’s called out the Trump administration for its slow response after Hurricane Maria. He launched a campaign with The Hispanic Federation — his father is the founder — to raise funds for the island. He also got the most famous Latino and Puerto Rican singers in the world to get down on a track where all the cities in Puerto Rico were name-checked. Oh, and the proceeds of the song will also be going to hurricane relief.

Short of going to the island and getting his own hands dirty, he’s done just about everything he could. So what do you do when you’ve done everything?

You go to the island to get your hands dirty.

And this week, that’s what he did.

Miranda got to work immediately, helping Chef Jose Andres prepare food for those in need.

His dad was along for the ride, too, helping make sandwiches, using all the mayo-ketchup.

One of Miranda’s first stops in Puerto Rico was this mural in La Placita de Güisin in Vega Alta.

Over the summer, La Placita de Güisin unveiled a mural honoring both Miranda and his grandfather, Güisin Miranda. Güisin served as an inspiration to Lin-Manuel and was well known in the community.

After stopping by the mural, Miranda got back to work, handing out food to families in need.

The next morning, he went down to the theater at the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus in Río Piedras.

Miranda announced he would bring “Hamilton” to Puerto Rico for a three-week run in 2019.

He tweeted the news moments later.

Students at Teatro UPR were waiting for him to come and speak with them. When they could no longer contain their excitement, they sang.

Miranda told the students all he wanted was to make art.

As usual, journalist David Begnaud was on the case.

And Begnaud did a short interview with Miranda to get the scoop.

Miranda addressed the issue of ticket sales, saying hundreds of tickets will be priced at $10 so that people on the island can actually afford to see the show.

Listen to Miranda’s full announcement at UPR:

UPR Announcement!

Posted by Lin-Manuel Miranda on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Speaking in Spanglish, Miranda spoke about how important it was for him to travel to Puerto Rico in 2010 with his first musical, “In The Heights.” He said he hopes the three-week run of “Hamilton” will help tourism and bring some much-needed money to the island.

2019 can’t come soon enough.


[H/T] Playbill

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‘Hamilton’ And When We All Vote Get Creative To Engage Voters In The Upcoming Election

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‘Hamilton’ And When We All Vote Get Creative To Engage Voters In The Upcoming Election

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When Disney+ started streaming “Hamilton,” the wildly popular Broadway musical made it into the homes of millions. The mix of rap lyrics and American history set the musical apart from the beginning. Now, “Hamilton” is teaming up with When We all Vote to get people charged up for the election.

“Hamilton” has never been shy to get involved in politics.

The musical has a diverse cast of Black and Latino actors and singers deliver a tremendous performance with a powerful message. The musical makes the case that every American should have the opportunity for their voice to be heard.

Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda raises the importance of unification no matter race, religion, or socioeconomic status. His work emphasizes the notion that all Americans can make the difference in reframing our nation’s narrative. “Hamilton” is not the only project where he aims for others to feel inspired for change.

Miranda has partnered up with When We All Vote to focus on voter education.

When We All Vote is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization launched by Michelle Obama and Janelle Monae in 2018 aiming to to focus on bridging the gap around race and age within voter culture. The organization hopes to raise awareness on the importance of voting especially in the upcoming election in November. Knowing Miranda’s activistm, he was bound to do so with an exciting spin.

Miranda is taking music from “Hamilton” and changing the lyrics to encourage voters.

Miranda and When We All Vote want all people out there to stand up and make their voices heard. Lyrics like “I’m just an ordinary citizen/ I’m not political, I’ve never been/ And I don’t vote/ I don’t vote” in the tune of “Alexander Hamilton” raises awareness that choosing not to vote weighs equally as heavily in the election and has resulted in the swayed outcome of our past presidential election back in 2016, where the nearly 100 million voters who were claimed as non-participatory contributed in swinging it more in the favor of the current occupant of the white house. 

Miranda is conscious of all sides of why the public may be hesitant to be active such as voter fraud and the lack of education on how to register amidst the current Covid-19 restrictions. The team addresses every concern with ingenious lyrics and tunes that create an exciting atmosphere around election talk. With a creative, exciting, and revolutionary way of getting information so you can vote in the next primary, who wouldn’t want to get involved? So go get your ballot ready and “Let’s get this done!”

For more information on When We All Vote’s initiative, click here. And to register to vote, visit our homepage and click on the Register to Vote icon pop up because “you are not throwing away your shot.”

READ: ‘Hamilton’ Won’t Be Eligible For An Academy Award Next Year

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‘Siempre, Luis’ Is A Touching Love Letter From Lin-Manuel Miranda To His Father

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‘Siempre, Luis’ Is A Touching Love Letter From Lin-Manuel Miranda To His Father

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We all have that one person who has changed the world for us. For Lin-Manuel Miranda, that person is his dad. The Puerto Rican entertainer created a documentary to tell his father’s story and it is a love letter to his father.

“Siempre, Luis” is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s love letter to his father.

The trailer for the HBO Documentary is a moving testament to the indomitable spirit of Luis Miranda. The Puerto Rican powerhouse helped lead a movement to get Latinos involved in and interested in politics focusing on Puerto Ricans who had left the island.

Lin-Manuel’s documentary is a deep dive into the life of the man who raised the creator of “In The Heights” and “Hamilton.” Luis was Lin-Manuel’s inspiration when playing Alexander Hamilton in his wildly popular and famous musical.

“He’s just a relentless motherf*cker,” Lin-Manuel says in the documentary.

The documentary takes people on a ride covering decades of Luis’ life. The main focus is his political activism and how one man helped create a movement to get Latinos involved in politics. Luis leveraged the hate and pushback against the Latino community as a way to energize and mobilize Latinos to get them involved like never before.

Then, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Luis’ home and magical escape. The island endured a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, which knocked out power to millions of Americans for months. Many Puerto Ricans fled the island for the mainland giving them a chance to vote for president in 2020.

“For me, Puerto Rico is this perfect place that all of a sudden doesn’t exist anymore,” Luis says through tears in the documentary. “I immediately saw it as my responsibility to rebuild the island.”

He added: “Doing everything we can becomes the job.

“I told him, ‘I don’t want to be a widow. There isn’t another you to replace you,’” Luz Towns-Miranda recalls to the camera about her husband’s mission to fix Puerto Rico.

Luis’ time talking about his work in Puerto Rico is accompanied by videos images of the “Hamilton” stage being constructed for the show on the island. There are shots of Luis offering aid to people and preparing meals for those impacted by the hurricane.

Luis’ activism has grown over the years and he is ready to keep making change.

“Siempre, Luis” is now available on HBO and HBOmax for your viewing pleasure. People have praised the film’s insightfulness into one of the Latinos who got his community activated and politically engaged.

READ: Lin-Manuel Wants To Keep Lots Of Ticket Prices Down To $10 When He Brings ‘Hamilton’ To Puerto Rico

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