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GREAT PERFORMANCES: In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams (on KPBS 2)

Airs Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

This program follows the cast and creative team, led by composer-lyricist Lin...

Credit: Joan Marcus

Above: This program follows the cast and creative team, led by composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda (center), of the Tony Award-winning "In The Heights" as they embark on the production of an original musical.

Follow the cast and creative team of the Tony Award-winning "In The Heights" as they embark on the production of an original musical.

*This program will air on KPBS 2

In a journey reminiscent of the unexpected zeitgeist success of "Hair," "A Chorus Line" and "Rent," the story behind the success of "In The Heights" is so organic to New York City that no one expected it to happen — until it did.

Beginning at a small off-Broadway theater, a group of talented young creators, led by composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced an original musical that some have called a modern day "West Side Story" — a Latin and hip-hop-infused musical odyssey telling the story of a neighborhood and the first-generation Americans who call it home.

In The Heights | "When You're Home"

Watch Mandy Gonzalez (Nina) and Chris Jackson (Benny) perform "When You're Home" in footage taken from a live performance of "In The Heights."

And yet, many in the show’s audiences have nothing with which to compare it, as it represents the first musical that they’ve journeyed below 125th Street to see.

Opening on Broadway in spring 2008, the musical went on to win five Tony Awards — including Best New Musical.

This program follows the cast and creative team as they embark on the greatest adventure of their young careers.

In The Heights | Rehearsing and Staging

In this behind the scenes footage from "In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams" (premiered May 27, 2009, watch the cast, choreographer, and the creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda work to fulfill their dreams of bringing "In The Heights" to Broadway.

PBS'S BROADWAY'S BEST LINEUP:

This broadcast joins “She Loves Me” (October 20 on KPBS 2), and “Indecent” (November 17 on KPBS 2), and “Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn” (November 24 on KPBS 2) as part of PBS's Broadway's best lineup.

Also airing as part of the Broadway festival is GREAT PERFORMANCES encore presentation of “Hamilton's America” (December 1 on KPBS 2), up-close looks at the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hits, “In the Heights” and “Hamilton” respectively.

This episode is not currently available to stream on demand.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Joan Marcus

This program follows the cast and creative team, led by composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda (pictured), of the Tony Award-winning In the Heights as they embark on the production of an original musical.

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