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In the Heights

Lin-Manuel Miranda

In the Heights

by Lin-Manuel Miranda

In the Heights

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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This book traces the genesis and development of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical about life in the Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights, from its genesis as a backyard production to Hollywood success.

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In the Heights

by Lin-Manuel Miranda

In the Heights

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Overview

The 2015 Broadway debut of Hamilton, a musical reimagining America's Founding Fathers through a hip-hop lens, made its writer, star, and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda a household name. But before his nationwide smash hit, Miranda had already achieved Broadway success with a story much closer to home.

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, In the Heights tells the story of the Latino community of the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City, where Miranda grew up. The show garnered several Tony Awards, as well as a wildly successful 2021 film adaptation.

In this book, the authors chart the musical's journey from its humble beginnings all the way to Hollywood, and the challenges it's faced along the way – told through the eyes of those who were there for the whole ride.

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"You can see in embryo form a lot of what would come later for Lin: trying to put new sounds onstage, casting a wide net for actors, changing who's in the room, treating a yellow light as an imperative to go faster."

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter

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