Lin-Manuel Miranda 'Almost Like Praying': Watch Behind The Scenes, Making Of Puerto Rico Song

Almost Like Praying
In support of Puerto Rico recovery operation, an a exclusive presentation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s single "Almost Like Praying," will be live streamed. Viewers can donate to the Hispanic Federation’s hurricane relief efforts throughout the special broadcast. YouTube

Relief and recovery operations for Puerto Rico have not stopped! To support the cause, NBC New York / WNBC will air a special, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit single “Almost Like Praying,” benefitting the Hispanic Federation’s “UNIDOS” hurricane relief fund.

The special English-language broadcast will air Tuesday, October 24 at 7 PM ET on NBC 4 New York, and viewers will be able to log on to the Hispanic Federation’s website or call representatives at its toll-free hotline (1-866-432-9832) to make direct donations for relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

The Hispanic Federation has launched UNIDOS (United), a hurricane relief fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. One hundred percent of the proceeds will help hurricane victims and the recovery efforts through fellow community and civic organizations in Puerto Rico.  

In support of the hurricane relief efforts, Miranda assembled an all-star cast including Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Pedro Capo, Dessa, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno, Ednita Nazario, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, PJ Sin Suela, Tommy Torres, and Ana Villafañe.

"The initial response to the release of 'Almost Like Praying' on October 6th has been overwhelming: a true testament to the American people's love for and desire to help the people of Puerto Rico. When WNBC approached us to help further the Hispanic Federation's commitment to providing relief for those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Maria, we jumped at the chance to provide a deeper look behind the making of the song," said Lin-Manuel Miranda. "I'm hopeful that, by sharing it with this special, we will continue to do more good for the people on the island we love so much.  There is still a lot to be done, but, together, I know we can make a world of difference." 

Donations to the UNIDOS relief fund can be made through the above, toll-free number on Tuesday, October 24 between 7 PM and 7:30 ET.  Additionally, viewers can also donate through the following means:

  • To donate via text, compose a new text message for number 41444. Type UNIDOS (space) YOUR AMOUNT (space) and YOUR NAME. (For example: Unidos 100  John Doe) Then press “send” and click on the link to complete your donation.
  • To donate via website, visit here and select “Hurricane Relief Effort” from the drop-down menu.
  • To donate in person, visit any Popular Community Bank branch. Account name: Hurricane Relief Effort. Checking account number 6810893500.

Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as a strong Category 4 storm on the morning of Wednesday, September 20.  The devastating impact of the storm has resulted in long-term challenges for the island’s 3 million residents, many of whom have close personal connections to the Tri-State. More than 1.4 million Americans of Puerto Rican descent live in the Tri-State area, the largest geographic concentration of Puerto Rican ancestry anywhere within the United States mainland.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. His current musical, Hamilton - with book, music and lyrics by Mr. Miranda, in addition to him originating the title role - opened on Broadway in 2015. Hamilton was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and earned a record-breaking 16 Tony Nominations, winning 11 Tony Awards including two personally for Miranda for Book and Score of a Musical.

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