Date & Time
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter will discuss "In the Heights: Finding Home" with America Ferrera.
Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House.
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About the book: In 2008, "In the Heights," a new musical from up-and-coming young artists, electrified Broadway. The show’s vibrant mix of Latin music and hip-hop captured life in Washington Heights, the Latino neighborhood in upper Manhattan. It won four Tony Awards and became an international hit, delighting audiences around the world. 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?
"In the Heights: Finding Home" reunites Miranda with Jeremy McCarter, co-author of "Hamilton: The Revolution," and Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize–winning librettist of the Broadway musical and screenwriter of the film. They do more than trace the making of an unlikely Broadway smash and a major motion picture: They give readers an intimate look at the decades-long creative life of "In the Heights." Like "Hamilton: The Revolution," the book offers untold stories, perceptive essays, and the lyrics to Miranda’s songs—complete with his funny, heartfelt annotations. It also features newly commissioned portraits and never-before-seen photos from backstage, the movie set, and productions around the world. This is the story of characters who search for a home—and the artists who created one.
About Lin-Manuel Miranda: Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter, actor and director, as well as a "New York Times" bestselling author. He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning "Hamilton" and "In the Heights."
About Quiara Alegría Hudes: 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 for the Tony-winning Broadway musical "In the Heights" and later adapted it for the screen. 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.
About Jeremy McCarter: Jeremy McCarter is the co-author with Lin-Manuel Miranda of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Hamilton: The Revolution." He has written about culture and politics for "New York," "Newsweek," "The New York Times," and "Buzzfeed."
About the interlocutor: America Ferrera is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the series "Ugly Betty" (2006).