In the Heights

June 8, 2021

“The thing that In the Heights is really about,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda, “is what happens when the people who make a neighborhood special can’t afford to live there anymore…Gentrification is tough to dramatize.”

From 2008 to 2011 the musical In the Heights was on Broadway. The setting is Washington Heights—a neighborhood in the uppermost part of Manhattan in New York City. The area is predominantly non-white. The strong representation of Dominican Americans has earned it the designation as “Little Dominican Republic.”

Music and lyrics for the original stage version were by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The earliest draft of the musical was written in 1999 when Miranda was a college sophomore.

The adaptation to film premiers June 11 in theaters and on HBO Max. The movie is directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs.

Dreams and hardship are major components in this story that also includes romance, music, and choreography.