Why ‘In the Heights’ is so personal for ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director Jon M. Chu

San Francisco (KGO)-The musical “In the Heights” is currently being screened in theaters, raising expectations. It’s not the star in front of the camera, it’s the star behind it.

The film, written and produced by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Crazy Rich Asians director John M. Chu, was produced by Miranda using the strands of her life. It is an arrangement of the story from the stage to the screen. It’s about supporting each other when neighbors in a Latin neighborhood in New York City called Washington Heights forge their version of the American Dream.

For the immigrant sons Miranda and Chu, this was a very personal project. Very personal Miranda spent 20 years displaying it on the screen. Very personally, Chu made “Heights” his son’s middle name. Miranda and Chu recently talked to ABC7 newscaster Kristen Sze about their “in the heights” journey.

“Look at you, you’re honest with God’s news room. It’s so exciting! Look at the people around you and it’s really exciting,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda in an interview with ABC7 News. It was the first word. With the advent of “In the Heights,” it’s clear that people are excited to return to normal life and return to the theater.

Video: Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu talks about his new project, In the Heights

Due to the pandemic, the release was delayed by a year. However, the journey to the big screen took longer than that. Most people know Lin-Manuel Miranda from “Hamilton”, but without “In the Heights” “Hamilton” would not have existed.

As a college student, Miranda began working on this story of Latin immigrants. “I started writing when I was 19 years old. I’m 41 years old … I learned how to write musicals.” In the Heights “. There are five musicals called” In the Heights “. , Only one has reached Broadway. “

When it was done in 2008, it was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four, including the Best Musical.

Despite the praise, Miranda found it difficult to market to Hollywood studios. “We quickly hit the wall.’Well, there are no Latin movie stars to test internationally.’ And you raise your hand a bit,” You include Latin Americans. If you don’t make a movie, you’ll never do it. “

But something has changed in the last few years.

There was a musical “Hamilton” that incorporated Miranda’s highly successful rap in 2015. And then there was “Crazy Rich Asians”. John M. Chu’s 2018 hit romantic comedy proved that the all-minority cast could be a box office. Miranda acknowledged Chu’s achievements that paved the way for films like “In the Heights.”

“The way he made lanes in’Crazy Rich Asians’, he made this big gorgeous Hollywood movie, and he said,’Here are some movies you know. There are stars, and here are some you don’t know, but they are all movies stars, “Miranda said.

video: “Crazy Rich Asians” is more than just a rom-com, it’s a breakthrough for Asian Americans.

Names such as Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, and Corey Hawkins are common names that will soon be able to open movies such as Henry Golding and Awkwafina after “Crazy Rich Asians.” Become an actor.

“Crazy Rich Asians” Chu’s father was better known in the Bay Area than the current A-list director. Lawrence Chu has owned and operates the popular Chef Chu restaurant in Los Altos since 1970. At a pre-launch party for “Crazy Rich Asians,” Chu said he felt some pressure to make the film a box office. It will accelerate the green light of more projects spoken by people of color and starring.

Chu says he has since learned that it is more than just a movie or a human being.

“It’s all these other communities that need to talk about them,” he said. “This is the moment when we flood our gates with our story, better.”

video: The director of “Crazy Rich Asians” grew up around his father’s world-famous Chinese restaurant in the Bay Area.

One movie can make a difference to an actor and make a lane, but when the whole community changes with it and the whole country changes with it, a real lasting change happens. That is where we are now. “
Its vision of inclusiveness and celebration is evident throughout “In the Heights,” including 96,000, the largest number installed in New York City’s huge public pool. It was a homage to the classic aqua musical, but it’s modernized, as you would expect from Chu and Miranda. “We need to show that we can create buzzing numbers in these different shapes and sizes. It’s old Hollywood, but it’s done in Washington Heights style. And it’s just as beautiful, just as big, and just like. Would inspire you. I did it. It was nuts. “

For Miranda and Chu, “In the Heights” is an American story. What Americans can now see on the big screen. Because that is where their story belongs.

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