Lin-Manuel Miranda is reprising his role as Alexander Hamilton next January at the University of Puerto Rico to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.
It’s been more than a year since Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, knocking out power to the entire island and leaving large parts of the U.S. territory without clean water.
Since then, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer of the Broadway musical Hamilton, has been a vocal advocate of helping the island rebuild. And now Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, will reprise his role as Alexander Hamilton when he brings the hip-hop musical to San Juan from January 8 to 27, 2019, at the University of Puerto Rico’s Teatro UPR in San Juan, to “raise millions” for hurricane relief efforts.
“We’ll have hundreds of $10 tickets available for Puerto Ricans on the island,” Miranda said on Good Morning America back in May. “But we’re also having super-expensive tickets and with those super-expensive tickets we’re hoping to restore arts funding to Puerto Rico for the next few years.”
The regularly priced tickets ($99 to $338.40) that went on sale on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at ticketpop.com and also in person at the Teatro UPR Box Office and all Ticketpop locations in Puerto Rico sold out almost immediately, but there are still several ways to see Hamilton in Puerto Rico in January. Here’s how to purchase them:
Flamboyan Arts Fund VIP Fundraiser Tickets
Those “super-expensive” tickets Miranda mentioned are still being sold for $5,000 each, $4,600 of which will help raise money for Miranda’s Flamboyan Arts Fund that supports the arts community in Puerto Rico. Each ticket will include a premium seat at the show as well as an invite to a VIP post-show reception hosted by chef José Andrés, chef Mario Pagán, and World Central Kitchen’s #ChefsForPuertoRico. These VIP tickets are still available for most shows and can be purchased at flamboyanartsfund.org.
$10 Lottery Tickets
As Miranda promised, residents of Puerto Rico will be able to purchase $10 tickets to the show via lottery on the HAMILTON mobile app. There will be 10,000 $10 tickets available (about 25 percent of the tickets to the three-week engagement) and 1,000 will be saved exclusively for college students to attend the Wednesday, January 9 matinee. Details about when the lottery will be open have yet to be released.
Puerto Rico Tourism and Hotel Packages
In addition to the regular ticket sales, several hotels and the tourism board are offering tickets as part of trip packages.
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is offering four different packages, all of which include tickets to the show. For information on each package, visit welcome.discoverpuertorico.com/hamilton.
For the weekend of January 11 to 13, 2019, Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, is offering a two-night package that includes tickets to Hamilton plus transportation to the show, a five-course dinner, and a couples treatment at their spa. Starts at $5,618 per night, ritzcarlton.com
Why Go to Puerto Rico Now
As of this June, there were still thousands of Puerto Ricans without power, but most of the island is ready to welcome travelers once again and need the tourism dollars to support their economy. In August 2018, the community of Humacao, Puerto Rico even recreated the S.O.S. image that went viral after the storm with one that reads “Bienvenidos!” this time to encourage tourism.
This article originally appeared online in August 2018; it was updated on November 19, 2018, to include current information.