Tonight: Lin-Manuel Miranda Leads IN THE HEIGHTS Virtual Book Launch Lineup

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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, 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 (now a major motion picture) that created an unbreakable community and a new kind of family for everyone involved.

Random House presents a virtual book launch for IN THE HEIGHTS, with Miranda, Hudes and McCarter, plus special guest moderator America Ferrera, tonight, June 15, beginning at 8:00 pm (ET) via Zoom.

Sure to be an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community, and finding a 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.

IN THE HEIGHTS: Finding Home is the highly anticipated follow-up to Hamilton: The Revolution, a #1 New York Times bestseller. According to Booklist, this new book is “[an] exuberant, unique, and invaluable record of dynamic, brilliant, and soulful creativity.”

The Tony-winning In The Heights musical captured the nuance of everyday life in the Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights through an electrifying mix of Latin and hip-hop music. For the film version, director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) brought the story home, filming its spectacular dance numbers on location in Washington Heights. That’s where Usnavi, Nina, and their neighbors chase their dreams and ask a universal question: Where do I belong?

The IN THE HEIGHTS book delves into the lives of creatives living in Washington Heights, with untold stories, essays, and original lyrics, as well as heartfelt annotations from Lin-Manuel Miranda, never-before-seen images from behind the scenes on set, backstage, and all around the world.

This is the story of characters who search for a home—and the artists who created one.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a heavily decorated songwriter, actor, director, and New York Times bestselling author. He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Hamilton and In the Heights and has collaborated on several additional Broadway projects, including Freestyle Love Supreme, Bring It On: The Musical, and West Side Story (the 2009 revival, Spanish translations). Mr. Miranda and The Miranda Family actively support initiatives that increase BIPOC representation in the arts and government, ensure access to women’s reproductive health, and promote resilience in Puerto Rico. He currently lives in New York with his family.

Quiara Alegría Hudes is a native of Philadelphia and the author of the Tony-winning Broadway musical In The Heights. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright for Water by the Spoonful and the author of the memoir, My Broken Language. As a prison reform activist, she also co-created Emancipation Stories, a platform established with her cousin where people who have been impacted by the justice system can share their stories with the world. Hudes is currently residing in New York with her family.

Jeremy McCarter studied history at Harvard University and has written about culture and politics for New York, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Buzzfeed and he was also part of the artistic staff for the Public Theater of New York for five years. McCarter is the co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution with Lin-Manuel Miranda and he currently lives in Chicago.

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Posted: June 15, 2021