Saturday, September 19, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda hopes to raise more money by taking Hamilton to Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway smash-hit “Hamilton,” appeared live on “Good Morning America” today and opened up about bringing the show to Puerto Rico in 2019.

“We’re trying to raise millions” for hurricane recovery efforts, Miranda said. “We’ll have hundreds of $10 tickets available for Puerto Ricans on the island, but we’re also having super-expensive tickets and with those super-expensive tickets we’re hoping to restore arts funding to Puerto Rico for the next few years.”

Thousands of people are still without power eight months after Hurricane Maria tore through the island. Meanwhile, a new Atlantic hurricane season is less than a month away, and many are concerned the U.S. territory is unprepared for any storm-related threats.

Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has been taking recovery and relief efforts into his own hands. Back in October 2017, he brought together 21 fellow musicians to record the track “Almost Like Praying” under the collective name “Artists for Puerto Rico” and the proceeds from the song were donated to hurricane relief efforts.

He has also helped raise over $35 million for recovery efforts through the Hispanic Federation and spent time volunteering on the ground, where he saw firsthand the rebuilding of a bridge from Morovis to San Lorenzo. Despite the long road ahead, Miranda promised to perform “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico in January 2019, tweeting last month that the show will go on whether he has to perform with a “flashlight under my face” or belt out the music “because there’s no power to the mics.”

 

“That’s what I’m gonna do,” he wrote. “See you in January no matter what.”

ABC NEWS