“I’m thrilled we’re here, and I’m thrilled we’re uptown,” Miranda rhapsodized to a packed crowd at a cozy restaurant space in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. “I started writing this show when I was 19 years old, six blocks away, where my parents live.”
Before Miranda hypnotized the world with “Hamilton,” he created the Tony-nominated “In the Heights,” a slice-of-life musical that centers on a bodega owner named Usnavi. The movie doesn’t debut in theaters until next summer, but Wednesday night’s event treated attendees to a first look at the cinematic spectacle.
Before the trailer rolled, cast members including Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera,