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‘Hamilton’ set to premiere in Puerto Rico

‘Hamilton’ set to premiere in Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing his hit musical “Hamilton” to Puerto Rico.

“Hamilton” will premiere Friday night at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan.

The musical is set to run for two weeks and will raise money for local arts programs. Miranda, a New York native of Puerto Rican descent, will reprise his role as Alexander Hamilton for the run.

The planned location of the musical was relocated from the University of Puerto Rico’s Rio Piedras campus in December — just weeks before opening night — over protest concerns. There have been recent student demonstrations at the university over faculty layoffs and tuition hikes set through the 2016 Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act — called PROMESA.

“We had security concerns because the university doesn’t have its own police, it’s difficult for police to go in,” Miranda said in a recent with CBS. “So, if anything were to happen — even if the possibilities were remote — we didn’t want to run that chance.”

“Hamilton” received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has won 11 Tony Awards.

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Out-of-this-world news for fans of “The Office,” outer space and subtle jabs at President Donald Trump: Steve Carell is set to star in a TV series called “Space Force” for Netflix.

The show will be a workplace comedy “centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services,” according to the streaming service.

Carell co-created the series and will executive produce, in addition to starring.

The project will reunite Carell with Greg Daniels, who adapted “The Office” for American television and served as executive producer.

Howard Klein, another “Office” alum, will also executive produce.

The series will mark Carell’s first starring television role since “The Office,” which ran for nine seasons on NBC.

Carell left that series, on which played hapless boss Michael Scott, in 2013.

In December, Trump ordered the creation of “Space Command,” a move labeled by the administration as a precursor to the creation a US Space Force, a sixth branch of the armed forces.

Vice President Mike Pence has said they aim to “stand up the United States Space Force before the end of 2020.”

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