The creation of “In The Heights” seems like a fantasy in itself. A young man from immigrant parents wants to write a musical about the people in his neighborhood. Unlike the fairy-tale version of this story, this was not an overnight sensation – it was seven years of work before the show even opened off broadway.
Lin-Manuel Miranda was a college sophomore at Wesleyan when he conceived of this show. Homesick for a little hometown sabor in the white bread area of Middletown, Connecticut, he wrote this musical and infused it with hip-hop and latin music. The outcome is a vibrant mix of musical styles while still retaining the traditions of musical theater.
If you think you know this story from movies that take place in the upper reaches of Manhattan, think again. This has no drug deals or gang wars. It is the story of the immigrant communities in Washington Heights as they dream of a better life.