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Woodstock event featuring 'Hamilton' star rescheduled for November

Miguel Cervantes
Miguel Cervantes

An event featuring Miguel Cervantes, star of Chicago’s production of “Hamilton,” has been rescheduled after the death of his daughter, Adelaide, on Saturday.

Originally set for Thursday, the event now will be Nov. 7. It still will take place at 10 a.m. at the Woodstock Opera House.

According to the Opera House’s website, those who would like may receive a refund of their Oct. 17 ticket by calling the box office at 815-338-5300.

Cervantes’ wife, Kelly, announced the death of the 3-year-old daughter Saturday on Twitter.

“The machines are off. Her bed is empty. The quiet is deafening,” Kelly Cervantes wrote. “Adelaide left us early Saturday. She went peacefully in my arms, surrounded by love. Finally, she is free from pain + seizures but leaves our hearts shattered. We love you so much Adelaideybug and forever after.”

According to People magazine, Adelaide experienced her first seizure at 7 months old, and was later diagnosed with epilepsy.

Miguel Cervantes shared a flyer on his Twitter saying that a celebration of life for Adelaide is set for Sunday at Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago.

He will be taking a break from his leading role in the Chicago production of “Hamilton,” although he plans to return to the stage soon, according to People magazine.

Marsha Portnoy, co-chairwoman of the Creative Living Speaker Series, said she received an email Wednesday morning informing her of the rescheduling, and organizers of the series began informing ticketholders immediately.

Miguel Cervantes is a person of “great personal charm” with an interesting story, Portnoy said, which is why he was invited to speak.

Tickets for the original Oct. 17 talk had been sold out.

Portnoy said the last time a Creative Living Speaker Series event was sold out was when singer and songwriter Judy Collins spoke two years ago.

The theater holds about 430 seats, and 420 usually will fill the house, Portnoy said.

Although the speaker series usually draws a crowd, Portnoy said that it is “no mystery” that Cervantes’ “star quality” drew people to this particular series speaker series event.

“Everyone knows about Hamilton, even if they haven’t gone to see it,” Portnoy said. “They understand what a phenomenon it is to have a rap musical win these awards.”

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