In The Heights
In 2008, before Lin-Manuel Miranda was Lin-Manuel Miranda, Whoopee Goldberg stood on the Tony Award stage to announce the winner of Best Musical.
The audience was already ‘In The Heights’ hyped after having seen its brilliant creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and his cast perform an excerpt onstage. Miranda had written the show’s music and lyrics – the first ‘doodles’ in his sophomore year of college – as he thought about his vibrant upbringing in New York’s Washington Heights. Quiara Alegría Hudes came on to write the book in 2004.
So, Tony Award host Whoopee Goldberg announced the 2008 Best Musical Nominees: 1. Cry-Baby, 2. In The Heights, 3. Passing Strange, 4. Xanadu.
“And the winner of the 2008 Tony Award goes to: In The Heights.”
As Producer Jill Furman offered collective thanks, the ecstatic ‘In The Heights’ cast and team spontaneously hoisted Miranda up on their shoulders.
Check out all of the familiar faces, the humility, and the delight on Opening Night on Broadway.
Now, 13 long years later – with ‘Hamilton’ exploding right about half way through – ‘In The Heights’ is coming to the big screen. Starring Anthony Ramos as Usnavi de la Vega, the film is directed by ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ John Chu with a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes . “For 20 years,” Lin-Manuel Miranda says, “In The Heights – a show about community – somehow manages to create camaraderie and community every time it is performed.”
In The Heights is scheduled for release in theatres and on HBO Max on June 11th. Can’t wait!
Header: In The Heights. Warner Brothers