'Hamilton' returns to Puerto Rico, hopes to raise $2M for Hispanic non-profits
For the fundraiser on June 16, the original Broadway cast members of “Hamilton” will perform in their first public appearance together since 2017
March 7, 2023 7:13am
Updated: March 7, 2023 10:24am
The award-winning musical “Hamilton” will return to Puerto Rico for two weeks in June and will host a fundraiser for the Hispanic Federation and Flamboyan Foundation.
“I am so proud of the work that both the Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund have done for the Puerto Rican community through their support and funding of grassroots efforts,” Miranda said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday.
“By providing support to activists, artists, and community groups on the ground, they have changed the ecosystem for the arts and the nonprofit sector,” he added.
For the fundraiser on June 16, the original Broadway cast members of “Hamilton” will perform in their first public appearance together since 2017. Original members Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, and Leslie Odom Jr. will also mingle with guests before and after the show.
Organizers hope that the event will raise at least $2 million to support several rebuilding projects in Puerto Rico. The proceeds of the fundraiser will go to the Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund.
The Hispanic Federation is a U.S.-based NGO focused on supporting Hispanic communities.
It has invested more than $50 million over the past five years in emergency assistance and rebuilding efforts on the island.
The Flamboyan Arts Fund is a partnership between the education nonprofit Flamboyan Foundation, “Hamilton,” and Miranda. It has provided more than $10 million to over 100 arts organizations and 600 artists.
“Investing in Puerto Rico is a premise of hope and progress,” said Hispanic Federation CEO Frankie Miranda (no relation to Lin-Manuel Miranda). “So much is being accomplished. But then the attention goes away or only comes back when there is another natural disaster.”
Flamboyan Foundation’s Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez Silvestre said that the money raised by the Hamilton fundraiser will help continue supporting education and arts programs throughout the island.
“We want people to start thinking about Puerto Rico -- not only for its beaches and sand but about the cultural offerings that it has,” Silvestre said.
Tickets for the fundraiser will go on sale on Monday through the Hispanic Federation.