Telling the story he wants to tell: In the Heights
And then came the big break. In the Heights first saw the light of day as part of Wesleyan University’s student theatre company Second Stage, then was reinvigorated off-Broadway at the 37 Arts Theater, before finally cracking the bigtime in 2008.
Years later, to a crowd of drooling graduates, Miranda spoke about the hurdles of putting on In the Heights, and how, despite everything, he and director Thomas Kail told “the story they wanted to tell”: of a Latino community where the stakes are high, and not because of a superficial love triangle or unplanned pregnancy, but because of the everyday adversities of being a minority in America.
And it paid dividends: In the Heights has played Broadway and toured the world, including a 2018 performance in the Opera House Concert Hall, and is slated for a feature film adaptation later this year.