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'Hamilton' Star Jose Ramos Leads Puerto Rico Benefit At Greenhouse Theater

By Ted Cox | October 27, 2017 10:34am | Updated on October 30, 2017 8:52am
"Hamilton" star Jose Ramos leads a fundraiser for Puerto Rican hurricane relief Monday at Greenhouse Theater.
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LINCOLN PARK — Prominent members of the Chicago "Hamilton" cast are urging Chicagoans to "Rise Up for Puerto Rico" hurricane relief.

The Greenhouse Theater plays host to a fundraiser for Puerto Rican hurricane relief Monday led by Jose Ramos, a Chicago Academy of the Arts graduate who holds the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the Chicago production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical.

Ramos will be bringing along Miguel Cervantes, who plays the lead role in the Chicago production, Ari Afsar, who plays Eliza, Chris Lee, who has the dual roles of Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, and fellow castmates Samantha Marie Ware and Candace Quarrels, as well as "Chicago Fire" star Miranda Rae Mayo and Chicago Cuatro Orchestra.

According to Cathy DeRonne, spokeswoman for "Rise Up for Puerto Rico," Ramos was "devastated" when it took two weeks to regain contact with family members after Hurricane Maria struck the island a month ago. He arranged Monday's benefit concert for United for Puerto Rico.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., with tickets priced at $65. There will also be a silent auction including "Hamilton" tickets and memorabilia.

Ramos has also set up a GoFundMe page with tickets and other offerings as incentives, and it's already more than halfway to its goal of $10,000.