Jimmy Fallon took his entire show to Puerto Rico for the opening of Hamilton, and in a hilarious opening number Fallon became Hamilton himself.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has made headlines by bringing his hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, to Puerto Rico. As an effort to continue to raise awareness as the island continues to rebuild after the devastating Hurricane Maria, to encourage tourism to the island, and to use ticket proceeds to help support the arts in Puerto Rico, people from all over the globe have been cheering Miranda on by talking about the show or even purchasing a ticket.
However, Jimmy Fallon took a different route and decided to bring the entire Tonight Show to Puerto Rico to help cover and celebrate the show’s opening as well as highlight some of what makes Puerto Rico truly unique. And while the episode was stuffed to bursting with amazing Hamilton content and segments celebrating the island, Fallon took this opportunity to make some of his own Hamilton dreams come true, by assuming the role in the episode’s opening bit.
As the company performed “The Story of Tonight,” Fallon gave the number a bit of a new spin. While the song is one that highlights the friendship of Alexander Hamilton, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, and Lafayette, Fallon decided that what the number needed to really shine was one additional Hamilton.
We love this opening number, and it gives those who haven’t had the opportunity to see the show live a small taste of the show. Of course, in the actual production, a second Hamilton doesn’t appear and literally shove Alexander’s bestie, John Laurens (played by Rubén J. Carbajal) offstage. Still, it’s a hilarious bit and a great way to introduce such a cool episode of The Tonight Show.
Tons of people are heading to Puerto Rico for the chance to see Miranda play Alexander Hamilton again as well as explore such a beautiful island. And while some of us might not have the money to make the pilgrimage ourselves, we love that Jimmy Fallon brought the show and Puerto Rico into our living rooms, if only for one night.
Hamilton will be in Puerto Rico through January 27. Though you might not get to see the show there, you can still donate to help support the arts in Puerto Rico. Hamilton is also touring around the country, and you can see when the show will be near you on the Hamilton website.