In The Heights: El Suenito

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In this special limited podcast series, creator and producer Lin-Manuel Miranda, of Hamilton and In the Heights fame, chats with host Eva Longoria about his musical turned movie, In the Heights. Quiara Alegría Hudes (writer/producer) and Alex Lacamoire (executive music producer) join this in-depth conversation about the inspiration for In the Heights and how it went from the stage to the screen. Episodes immerse listeners into the genesis of Miranda’s first hit production, that he wrote when he was 19 years old, about his childhood neighborhood near Washington Heights, NY. He describes the familiar sounds, people, community and culture he called home. The feeling of home being one of the central themes of In the Heights. Naturally, the conversation digs deep into the music. The fusion of hip-hop and Latin beats, a first for any musical. Miranda shares a demo of one of his early songs from In the Heights, that illustrates the evolution of sound from its beginning stages to the current movie soundtrack. Experience the journey of the making of In the Heights the movie.

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The Making of the Movie
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Alex Lacamoire take us through the journey of how “In the Heights” went from the stage to the screen. We learn about the challenges faced and the introduction of contemporary storylines that are relevant to the Latino community of today. Host Eva Longoria also shares her special connection to the movie. Miranda explains why director Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) was the right choice for the film and the star power that Anthony Ramos brings to the film in the role of Usnavi de la Vega. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 04, 2021
It’s All About the Musica
Lin-Manuel Miranda and executive music producer Alex Lacamoire talk about the evolution of the music featured in “In the Heights.” How it started from its beginning stages of fusing hip-hop and Latin sounds, to the current movie soundtrack. They even share one of the early demos of the song “Blackout.” Miranda also discusses how music was a part of his personal journey before making it to Broadway. He takes us back to opening night of “In the Heights” and an emotional moment he had with his sister minutes before his Broadway debut. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 03, 2021
Home is Where the Heart is
Lin-Manuel Miranda shares his meaning of ‘home,’ the central theme of the musical and movie “In the Heights.” He talks about the importance of home being the universal truth that connects us all. Miranda, along with his longtime collaborators Quiara Alegría Hudes and Alex Lacamoire, tell host Eva Longoria personal stories about their experiences growing up Latino and how it helped shape the story of “In the Heights.” They describe how the concepts of familia, musica and the neighborhood of Washington Heights became the perfect combination for the stage show turned film. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 02, 2021
Introducing In the Heights: El Suenito
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May 21, 2021