Lin-Manuel Miranda sobs upon getting message from 8th grade english teacher – AOL

Lin-Manuel Miranda didn’t throw away his shot, and his old English teacher couldn’t be more proud.

Ahead of Hamilton‘s opening in Puerto Rico, the 38-year-old mind behind the hit musical chatted with CBS This Morning on Friday and had an emotional reaction to a sweet message from his eighth grade English teacher, Dr. Rembert Herbert.

“Lin, this is your old English teacher, Dr. Herbert, here,” Herbert said in a video message to his old student. “I’m sure you didn’t imagine when you were in the eighth grade and set some of The Chosen to music that it would lead you where you are today but congratulations. I’ve heard a lot about what you’re doing in Puerto Rico, and I wish you well in those endeavors and continued great success down there.” 

Before Herbert got many words out, Miranda was already in tears over seeing his beloved teacher on the screen.

“Dr. Herbert’s the reason I’m sitting here talking to you,” a tearful Miranda said. “I wrote a musical instead of doing my homework for his class in eighth grade. He said, ‘You could be good at this, and you should stop hibernating in my class, and you should be doing this.’ Because we had a student-written theater club at my high school and Rembert’s the one who nudged me in that direction and he sort of changed my life forever with that.”

Following the interview, Miranda tweeted about the kind words from his old teacher.

“Yeah, @CBSThisMorning really brought the waterworks with the message from Dr. Herbert 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭,” he wrote.

Herbert wasn’t the only person to record a message for Miranda! Ingrid Michaelson wished him luck by quoting his show — “History has its eyes on you,” she said — while Hamilton‘s original George Washington, Christopher Jackson, jokingly chastised Miranda for making it hard on himself, “Lots of words. Remember, you wrote them all,” he quipped. 

Miranda was once again brought to tears by a message from chef Jose Andres.

“Lin-Manuel, congratulations. Only you will bring Hamilton to beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. So thank you for bringing so much hope to the beautiful American people of Puerto Rico,” Andres said. 

“After all, you know it. Immigrants get the sh*t done,” Andres said, referencing a lyric from the Hamilton song, “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).

Miranda was initially inspired to bring his show to Puerto Rico after doing so with his first musical, In The Heights. His motives piled up after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and Miranda wanted to find a way to help.

“The conversation immediately became, ‘How do we help Puerto Rico? How do we leave it a little better than we found it?'” Miranda said. “We chose, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria… it was recovery, first responders, urgency. And with this campaign, we want to help artists and artistic organizations that so often get forgotten in the rebuilding effort.”

Though he created the iconic musical and role, Miranda himself hasn’t stepped in to Alexander Hamilton’s shoes in two years.

“Someone asked me, ‘Is it like riding a bike?'” Miranda said of returning to his role. “And I said, ‘Yeah, but it’s like riding a bike in New York traffic. I know the route. I don’t know if someone’s going to open a cab door on me. But I do know the way home.”  

Though he does have some nerves about returning to the character, the biggest success came when his son, 4-year-old Sebastian, recently saw and approved of the show.

“He had seen Act 1 of the show. He had never seen it with me in it. We had a long talk about Act 2 and how everything is pretend. Everything daddy is doing on that stage is pretend. Kissing that lady is pretend. Pretending to get shot is pretend, I’m still alive,” Miranda said. “And it worked because at the end he high-fived Donald Weber who plays Burr and that guy shot daddy on stage …. Everything is gravy after that.”

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NEW YORK – DECEMBER 27: ***EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE*** Composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda (R) poses with Secretary of State Elect Hillary Rodham Clinton while attending the hit musical ‘In The Heights’ on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater on December 27, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 18: American actor and Tony Award winning composer, and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda is honored for ‘In The Heights’ at City Hall Chambers on December 18, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 18: American actor and Tony Award winning composer, and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda is honored for ‘In The Heights’ at City Hall Chambers on December 18, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

Lin-Manuel Miranda attends Johnnie Walker Blue Label is In the Heights with Jorge Posada at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 19, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 27: Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Elect Hillary Rodham Clinton chat with composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda (L) backstage during their visit to the hit musical ‘In The Heights’ on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater on December 27, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK – JUNE 17: (U.S. TABS OUT) ‘In The Heights’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda visits MTV’s ‘Mi TRL’ on June 17, 2008 at the MTV studios in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda visits MTV’s ‘Mi TRL’ on June 17, 2008 at the MTV studios in Times Square in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)

Lin-Manuel Miranda attends ‘Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Eighth Annual Spring Picnic’ at Fort Tryon Park in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)

NEW YORK – JUNE 04: Tony award winning actor/writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda attends a portrait unveiling at Tony’s Di Napoli on June 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the 62nd Annual Tony Awards on June 15, 2008 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the 11th annual HOLA Awards at The Players Club on October 18, 2010 in New York.

NEW YORK – APRIL 29: Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the 20th Anniversary of The Hispanic Federation Gala at the Waldorf Astoria – Grand Ballroom on April 29, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the opening night of ‘the Book of Mormon’ on Broadway at Eugene O’Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Lin-Manuel Miranda attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of ‘Annie’ at the Palace Theatre in New York City on 11/08/2012 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 17: Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the 2013 New York Stage And Film Gala at The Plaza Hotel on November 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Lin-Manuel Miranda attends Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s ‘The Untold Stories Of Broadway’ Book Launch Party at Sardi’s on November 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 13: Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda attends People En Espanol’s 50 Most Beautiful 2013 at Marquee on May 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for People en Espanol)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 31: Lin-Manuel Miranda attends Miscast 2014 at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 16: Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda poses in the press room during the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 05: Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the Broadway Opening Night After Party for ‘On Your Feet’ at the Mariott Marquis Hotel on November 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0362 — Pictured: (l-r) Composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 6, 2015 — (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 14: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Selena Gomez and Lin-Manuel Miranda pose backstage at the hit musical ‘Hamilton’ on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 24: Lin-Manuel Miranda is honored for his work in ‘Hamilton’ with a Sardi’s Caricature at Sardi’s on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – NOVEMBER 10: Lin-Manuel Miranda visits ‘Extra’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 10, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS — Episode 551 — Pictured: (l-r) Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda talks with host Seth Meyers during an interview on June 29, 2017 — (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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