GREAT PERFORMANCES: In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams (on KPBS 2)
Airs Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Credit: Joan Marcus
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.
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.
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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.
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