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VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda Surprises on 'JOHN OLIVER' with Rap for Puerto Rico!


On last night's LAST WEEK TONIGHT, host John Oliver tackled Puerto Rico's massive debt crisis and called on HAMILTON star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to help bring some relief to its citizens.

"We have to start treating Puerto Rico like an island of American citizens whose fate is interwoven with ours," explained Oliver, who went on to add, "And look, there are certainly better voices than mine to speak on behalf of Puerto Rico. Luckily, there is someone with Puerto Rican parents and an amazing voice and he is here tonight" Enter the King of Broadway accompanied by HAMILTON music director Alex Lacamoire on keys! Check out the video below. (NOTE: Miranda's entrance occurs at the 19-minute mark)

Miranda posted the lyrics to his Tumblr page:

Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard RodgersTheatre in March 2008. His written work for the show earned him numerous accolades, including the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Miranda's performance in the show's lead role of Usnavi earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Miranda is currently performing on Broadway in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in HAMILTON. He is a 2015 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award. This month HAMILTON received the 2016 Edward KENNEDY Prize for Drama and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Image courtesy of HBO

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