Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings ‘Hamilton’ to a Troubled yet Appreciative Puerto Rico

There was one little rally outside the show’s opening Friday night: About a dozen advocates of statehood for Puerto Rico gathered behind a banner, holding signs in addition to shouting slogans. The protesters said they had no issues with “Hamilton” yet were using the occasion to call attention to their concerns.

The production will be a fund-raiser, required to generate about $15 million for the Flamboyan Arts Fund, a Miranda family effort to support Puerto Rican artists. The money will be being raised in part through the sale of several thousand tickets for $5,000 each; about a quarter of all the tickets are being sold for $10 each.

At the Friday night opening, there were a few boldfaced names through the mainland, including the television producer Shonda Rhimes, the musician Questlove in addition to the television host Jimmy Fallon; many Puerto Rican celebrities, including the singer Lucecita Benítez, the comedian Raymond Arrieta, in addition to the former Miss Universe Denise Quiñones; in addition to the Spanish chef José Andrés, who was active in relief efforts here after the 2017 hurricane.

There were also “Hamilton” alumni, including Leslie Odom Jr., who won a Tony as the original Aaron Burr, in addition to a lot of people who played some part within the creation of the show, including Ron Chernow, the historian whose biography inspired the item.

There were also a lot of people who just wanted to see “Hamilton.”

“The fact in which Lin-Manuel will be Puerto Rican makes us all here so proud,” said Melissa González, a lawyer who got tickets just two days ago. She attended with her husband, Carlos Surillo, also a lawyer, who cited the importance of celebrities to Puerto Rico’s cause. “Figures like Roberto Clemente, Raul Juliá in addition to today Lin-Manuel have moved Puerto Rico forward,” he said.

Some patrons came through considerably further away. Paul McQue, who will be through Scotland, said he had already seen “Hamilton” once on Broadway, three times in Chicago in addition to nine times in London, yet had not yet seen Mr. Miranda play the lead role, so he came to San Juan.

After the show there was a party at common Center, a banking tower in San Juan’s financial district. There were typical Puerto Rican foods — gandules (pigeon peas), morcilla (blood sausage), trifongo (a mash of fried green in addition to yellow plantain with yuca) in addition to tembleque (coconut pudding) — in addition to a covers band (“Despacito,” of course, as well as “Billie Jean”).