Fal­lon look­ing lo­cal on Puerto Ri­can trip

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The Tonight Show LOS AN­GE­LES Star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon 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, Jan. 15, show by José Feli­ciano, Bad Bunny and Ozuna. The three mu­si­cians are na­tives of Puerto Rico.

Chef and ac­tivist José An­drés also will be part of the NBC show. An­drés 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, in­clud­ing restora­tion es­ti­mated by the gov­ern­ment at more than $130 bil­lion. “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 late-night mould to cel­e­brate the beauty and cul­ture of Puerto Rico” and help pro­mote tourism. “My fam­ily, along with Hamil­ton, are ded­i­cated to con­tin­u­ing to aid in Puerto Rico’s strive for pros­per­ity and we are thank­ful to be able to call Jimmy and the Tonight Show team friends and part­ners in this mis­sion,” Mi­randa said. He and the new Hamil­ton tour­ing cast will per­form the mu­si­cal’s The Story of Tonight.

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” — or We’re Fine, the ti­tle of his hit sin­gle. He is set to per­form his song MIA. An­drés 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 also will in­clude Fal­lon’s tour of Puerto Rico to high­light what it has to of­fer, in­clud­ing its “breath­tak­ing beauty” and ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, NBC said.

We are thank­ful to be able to call Jimmy and the Tonight Show team friends and part­ners in this mis­sion.


The Tonight Show Star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon will broad­cast from Puerto Rico on Jan. 15 and Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, left, is set to be his main guest.

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