Lin-Manuel Miranda has been up to a lot these days. His latest project: Bringing his acclaimed play In The Heights to the big screen. He’s been busy with rehearsals and currently started filming today and yet still found time this past Friday to head to George Washington High School and support a school production of the play. Quiara Alegria Hades, the play’s screenwriter, and Jon M. Chu, the film’s director joined him in surprising the students.
Chu shared a clip of the high school performance to Twitter. “We start shooting #InThe HeightsMovie on Monday. So after our final rehearsal, we took a trip 2 George Washington high school in the Heights 2 see them perform In The Heights! Could not be more Inspired by these students. Guess who else showed up?”
We start shooting #InTheHeightsMovie on Monday. So after our final rehearsal we took a trip 2 GeorgeWashington highschool in the Heights 2 see them perform In The Heights! Could not b more Inspired by these students. Guess who else showed up 😭😮❤️#HeightsInMyHeart @Lin_Manuel pic.twitter.com/PxLEk44wuA
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) June 1, 2019
He tagged Miranda who responded by sharing his feelings about the play. It meant a lot to him to see high school students from the neighborhood doing a take on his Broadway production.
“We saw In The Heights in the Heights for the first time, with kids from all over the neighborhood. It’s cool I only cried 10 times. These kids were so good. Our future is so bright,” he tweeted.
We saw In The Heights in the Heights for the first time, with kids from all over the neighborhood. It’s cool I only cried 10 times.
These kids were so good. Our future is so bright. https://t.co/2GOG2qpPg5
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 1, 2019
These students were pure life and energy, and the local audience laughed at different lines than the Broadway audience. #InTheHeights was alive as it’s ever been last night at George Washington HS and gratitude is the name of my day. https://t.co/234mLrmXMt
— Quiara Alegría Hudes (@quiarahudes) June 1, 2019
Miranda has been completely dedicated these past few months to the In The Heights film. In April and May, he revealed the cast which includes everyone from Hamilton actor Anthony Ramos, Vida star Melissa Barrera, Gregory Diaz IV, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Daphne Rubi-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Olga Merediz. Everything about this has us excited, from the brilliant and talented cast, to just the fact that Miranda is even making a movie adaption of his famous play. It’s a play that speaks to so many of our experiences as Latinxs from NYC — Dominicans from Washington Heights especially. We have nothing but high expectation for this film and we know Miranda will not disappoint.