The island has yet to fully recover from the 2017 storm which caused 3,000 deaths and billions of dollars in damage.
“I was so moved by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commitment to bring ‘Hamilton’ to Puerto Rico and support the community that served him growing up that I wanted to join in the revitalization efforts of an island so rich in culture, beauty, and heritage,” Oprah said in a statement. “The needs of Puerto Rico and our fellow American citizens following the tragic hurricanes are still very real, and the work that has already been done by the Hispanic Federation, Flamboyan Arts Fund and other organizations on and off the island is long from over.”
Earlier this year, both Oprah Gayle King traveled to Puerto Rico to take in a performance of “Hamilton.”
Close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans died after Hurricane Maria struck in 2017, just weeks after Hurricane Irma, and residents still face medical aid and food shortages and power outages.
Despite these hardships, President Donald Trump has continuously bashed Puerto Rico for seeking resources to recover from the hurricanes. Trump has complained about the costs, using grossly inflated figures, and accused officials of corruption with no evidence:
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has pushed back against the White House, telling CNN in an interview last month that he will not be bullied by the administration or allow the people of Puerto Rico to be treated like “second-class citizens.”
“If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth,” Rosselló said. “It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage.”