Twenty years ago, way before the phenomenon of Hamilton, this is where it all began. Miranda was a kid with a dream: Could he share the story of Washington Heights in all its glory — the people, the music, the home that shaped him? Guests will have the unique experience of hearing from the creative team behind this timeless story of how one neighborhood can speak to the whole world.
Lights up on Washington Heights!
Before Hamilton became a global phenomenon, before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name, a little show called In the Heights shook up Broadway with its hip-hop and salsa soundtrack and big, bilingual heart. In the new book In the Heights: Finding Home, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter tell the story of the show’s humble beginnings, from rehearsals in a bookstore basement to the Broadway smash (and soon-to-be feature film!) that created an unbreakable community and a new kind of family for everyone involved.
Join Miranda, Hudes, and McCarter for a very special In the Heights Virtual Book Launch on Tuesday, June 15 from 8:00 to 9:00pm ET on Zoom. Sure to be an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community, and finding home, this is your chance to hear directly from the creative team behind the timeless story of how one neighborhood — Washington Heights — can speak to the world.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award. His most recent musical, Hamilton, was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and earned a record-breaking sixteen Tony Award nominations, winning eleven. Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, received four Tony Awards. Miranda contributed music, lyrics, and vocals to Disney’s Moana, earning him an Oscar nomination and a Grammy Award for the original song “How Far I’ll Go.” He lives in New York City with his wife, sons, and dog.
Quiara Alegría Hudes is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Water By the Spoonful and the author of a memoir, My Broken Language. She wrote the book and screen adaptation for the Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights. As a prison reform activist, Hudes and her cousin founded Emancipated Stories, a platform where people behind bars can share one page of their life story with the world. She lives with her family in New York but frequently returns to her native Philly.
Jeremy McCarter is the author of Young Radicals and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution. He is the founder and executive producer of Make-Believe Association, a Chicago-based production company. He spent five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater and has served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He has written for New York magazine, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He lives in Chicago with his family.