Lin-Manuel Miranda pleads for more attention to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Contessa Brewer


Aug 19, 2022

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Friday said Puerto Rico was still in emergency mode, with his own family members describing dire conditions following Hurricane Fiona.

“It was 112 degrees yesterday. Nearly a week later, my family in Puerto Rico doesn’t have running water or electricity yet,” Miranda told CNBC in an interview at the L’Attitude Conference in San Diego.

The Broadway star behind the hits “Hamilton,” “In the Heights” and “Encanto” has been an advocate of the island where he still has family. After Hurricane Maria in 2017, he helped raise money for the arts by partnering with American Express and bringing “Hamilton” to the island. Today, he’s working with the credit card giant again. Amex has committed $100,000 to support Hurricane Fiona relief efforts.

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