San Juan, Puerto Rico – During a loud standing ovation, Lin-Manuel Miranda pulled out a Puerto Rican flag, waved it in front of the captivated audience, and then wrapped it around his back to get out of the scene.
"I love this island so much and I just want it to be proud of me," Miranda told the press Friday after the premiere of her hit "Hamilton" on Broadway in Puerto Rico, where the # The author and award-winning musician traces his roots.
The musical, which lasts three weeks on the island and is home to approximately 3.2 million US citizens, raises funds for artists and arts organizations. Miranda's father told CBS News that production is expected to bring in $ 15 million over the next three weeks at the family-run Flamboyan Arts Fund.
Miranda, who resumed his role as first secretary to the US Treasury, Alexander Hamilton on Friday after two-and-a-half years, said that one of the most rewarding aspects of Hamilton's debut on the island was that it was accessible to the working class of Puerto Les Ricains, including many rural towns across the American territory.
Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks at the Santurce Fine Arts Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday, January 11, 2019.
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Given that the island is still recovering from devastating hurricanes and is struggling to cope with years of economic instability, the Miranda family has put 10,000 notes out of 10,000 banknotes, many of them for university students, through a lottery system. Miranda said seeing award winners proudly advertising their hometowns on social media was extremely rewarding.
"It has become a pueblo roll call, who won the lottery, "he said, referring to the Spanish word for city.
The "Hamilton" tour in Puerto Rico is the first time Miranda has performed on the island since his first well-known musical "In the Heights" premiered in 2010. The "Hamilton" series, of a duration three weeks, was planned for two years and has some challenges along the way. Miranda and her team had to change the location of the production because of student protests planned at the University of Puerto Rico, which was originally intended to house the Broadway hit.
At a press conference on opening day, CBS News interviewed Miranda, a virulent critic of President Trump's recovery efforts on the island following hurricanes Maria and Irma, about a proposal which would have been examined by the White House dollars in disaster relief funds in Puerto Rico and several states affected by natural disasters to finance a wall along the US-Mexico border.
"I think it's absolutely monstrous," he said.
Earlier in the day, Miranda told David Begnaud of CBS News that the island needed more federal investments and a "debt forgiveness" to fully recover from the damage caused by storms, as well as economic hardships that have plagued the island for years.
Miranda hopes that presenting her highly acclaimed musical in Puerto Rico will raise public awareness of the important challenges the island continues to face.
"People will come to Puerto Rico because of Hamilton and spend a lot of money," he said, adding, "But they will also see blue tarps, they will also see how much work remains to be done."