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"I love this island so much": Lin-Manuel Miranda after "Hamilton" debut in Puerto Rico



San Juan, Puerto Rico – During a stormy standing ovation Lin-Manuel Miranda pulled out a flag of Puerto Rico, waved it in front of the captivating audience and then wrapped it around the back of the stage leave.

"I love this island so much and I want it to be proud of me," Miranda said Friday after the premiere of his Broadway hit "Hamilton" in Puerto Rico, where the award-winning playwright and musician traces his roots ,

The three-week run of the musical on the island, which is home to approximately 3.2 million US citizens, raises funds for artists and art organizations. Miranda's father told CBS News that production will leave $ 1

5 million over the next three weeks for the Flamboyan Arts Fund, which was created by his family.

Miranda, who defended his role as the US Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton, Friday after two and a half years, said one of the most rewarding aspects of the island's "Hamilton" debut was that it was accessible to the working class, including Puerto Ricoer many from rural towns throughout the US territory.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Santurce Fine Arts Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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With the island still recovering from devastating hurricanes and struggling to cope with years of economic instability, the Miranda family put 10,000 tickets – many of them for students – through a lottery system. Miranda said it was very satisfying that the ticket winners proudly announced their hometown on social media.

"It has become a pueblo appeal that won the lottery," he said, referring to the Spanish word for city.

The "Hamilton" tour in Puerto Rico is the first time Miranda has appeared on the island since his first well-known musical "In the Heights" premiered in 2010. The three-week "Hamilton" run was planned for two years and encountered some challenges. Miranda and his team had to change the production venue due to expected student protests at the University of Puerto Rico, originally intended to house the Broadway hit.

During a press conference on opening day CBS News, Miranda, a vociferous critic of President Trump, who tackled the recovery efforts on the island after hurricanes Maria and Irma, questioned about a proposal from the White House is contemplated and would redirect billions of dollars to disaster relief for Puerto Rico and several disaster-stricken states to fund a wall along the border between the US and Mexico.

"I find that absolutely outrageous," he said.

Earlier in the day, CBS News's Miranda David Begnaud said the island needed more government investment and "debt relief" to fully recover from the storm-induced damage and the economic woes that plagued the island.

Miranda hopes that admiring his critically acclaimed musical to Puerto Rico will raise awareness of the island's key challenges.

"People will come to Puerto Rico because of Hamilton and hopefully spend a lot of money here," he said, adding, "But they'll see blue tarpaulins as well and see how much more to do." [19659016]
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