Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton are bringing the historic Broadway show to Puerto Rico for two weeks of performances in June as part of fundraising efforts to rebuild the island.
Following Hurricane Maria in 2017, Miranda has been vocal about the poor infrastructure and lack of resources available to Puerto Ricans. The fundraisers aim to raise over $2 million for the Hispanic Federation and education nonprofit the Flamboyan Foundation.
“I am so proud of the work that both Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund have done for the Puerto Rican community through their support and funding of grassroots efforts,” Miranda said Monday via The Associated Press. “By providing support to activists, artists and community groups on the ground, they have changed the ecosystem for the arts and the nonprofit sector.”
While they will not perform, Miranda will also reconnect with original Broadway cast members Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, and Leslie Odom Jr. for their first public appearance together since 2017.
CEO of the Hispanic Federation Frankie Miranda (no relation to Lin-Manuel) said that the Hamilton cast are showcasing how important it is to still support rebuilding efforts.
“Investing in Puerto Rico is a premise of hope and progress,” he said. “So much is being accomplished. But then the attention goes away or only comes back when there is another natural disaster.”
The Hispanic Federation has provided more than $50 million in aide during the five years since Maria. Their investments into the island's coffee industry helped grow over 2,500 businesses.
The Flamboyan Foundation previously provided $10 million in funding for artists and art organizations, which is Lin-Manuel Miranda's specialty as the writer and lead of Hamilton. Frankie Miranda said that preserving art and culture was one of Lin-Manuel's biggest priorities after the devastating storm.
“Of course, food, water, electricity, medical care is really, really important,” Lin-Manuel Miranda told organizers, via NBC. “But as we move into long-term needs, we really need to focus on the arts. This is my lane.”
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