Fal­lon show aims to high­light Puerto Rico’s plight

Times Colonist - - Arts - LYNN EL­BER

LOS AN­GE­LES — Jimmy Fal­lon’s Tonight Show broad­cast from Puerto Rico will show­case artists with ties to the U.S. ter­ri­tory.

Be­sides pre­vi­ously an­nounced guest Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, Fal­lon said Thurs­day he will be joined on the Tues­day show by José Feli­ciano, Bad Bunny and Ozuna.

The three mu­si­cians are na­tives of Puerto Rico.

Chef and ac­tivist José An­dres will also be part of the NBC show. An­dres led a grass­roots ef­fort to feed is­land res­i­dents af­ter 2017’s dev­as­tat­ing Hur­ri­cane Maria hit Puerto Rico and Do­minica.

The show aims to high­light Puerto Rico’s cul­ture as well as what it still faces af­ter the dis­as­ter, in­clud­ing restora­tion es­ti­mated by the gov­ern­ment to cost more than $130 bil­lion US.

“A tremen­dous amount of work has gone into re­build­ing these vi­brant, beau­ti­ful com­mu­ni­ties, and there is still so much more that needs to be done — and we want to con­tinue to help,” Fal­lon said.

The New York-born Mi­randa, who’s per­form­ing in his award­win­ning Broad­way mu­si­cal Hamil­ton in San Juan, is of Puerto Ri­can her­itage and reg­u­larly vis­ited the ter­ri­tory as a young­ster.

In a state­ment, Mi­randa said he ap­pre­ci­ated that Fal­lon was “break­ing with the tra­di­tional latenight mould to cel­e­brate the beauty and cul­ture of Puerto Rico” and help pro­mote tourism.

Bad Bunny said view­ers will see the is­land is still re­cov­er­ing but has re­tained its spirit, adding, “we are happy, we are danc­ing, play­ing mu­sic, en­joy­ing our amaz­ing food be­cause Es­ta­mos Bien.”

An­dres will dis­cuss the con­tin­u­ing Puerto Rico ef­forts of World Cen­tral Kitchen, the non-profit he founded that’s work­ing to re­vive the is­land’s food econ­omy with grants and train­ing for small farms. The episode will also in­clude Fal­lon’s tour of Puerto Rico to high­light what it has to of­fer, NBC said.

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