"We all really felt blessed to be a part of telling this story..." - hmv.com talks to the cast and director of In the Heights
If you're a fan of musicals then you'll probably already know all about Lin-Manuel Miranda. A true polymath of the performing arts, the New York-born playwright is also an actor, director, producer, singer, songwriter and rapper, and the last few years have seen him rise to stardom as the creator of two hit stage musicals, his Broadway debut In the Heights and the hugely successful Hamilton.
More recently, Miranda has turned his attention to the big screen, producing and starring in a bustling new adaptation of his Broadway debut with an impressive ensemble cast, filmed in the very same Washington Heights neighbourhood in which the film's story takes place - and in which Miranda himself still lives even today.
With In the Heights heading into stores this week (September 27) we caught up with the film's director Jon M. Chu and cast members Jimmy Smits, Leslie Grace, Gregory Diaz IV, Melissa Barrera and Olga Merediz about the enormous task of bringing the magic of the stage musical to the big screen.
Watch our interview below...