As the December 19 release of Mary Poppins Returns and the January 8, 2019, bow of Hamilton in Puerto Rico approach, award-winning multi-hyphenate Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on CBS Sunday Morning December 2.
Miranda reprises the starring role of Alexander Hamilton for a three-week engagement at the University of Puerto Rico.
“Our goal is to raise money for arts on the island so that the arts can recover as other sectors of Puerto Rico life recover. We'll have 10,000 $10 tickets on the island via lottery that we're just holding. Every Wednesday matinee is all $10,” explained Miranda.
“It makes me very emotional to talk about. I knew if Hamilton was going to get to go to Puerto Rico in any way shape or form, I'd want to experience that in the first person. I'd be too nervous sitting out in the house.”
Miranda will rehearse for about a week and a half before appearing onstage. Will he be nervous? “I think if you don't get nervous before you go onstage it's time to hang it up,” he said in this bonus clip. “They're a fuel source. They're rocket fuel. You can get on top of them and they can power the ship—or you don't get on top of them and they blow up your ship.”
There is no question Miranda has skyrocketed to heights of fame we could not have anticipated. This past weekend alone, he witnessed the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November 30), attended a press junket in New York City for Mary Poppins Returns, and set off to Washington, D.C., to accept a Kennedy Center Honor with Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire for the production of Hamilton.