IN THE HEIGHTS opened on Broadway to wide critical acclaim on March 9, 2008. In addition to winning the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show's creator, won the Tony Award for Best Music and Lyrics; Andy Blankenbuehler won for Best Choreography; and Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman won for Best Orchestrations. Back in March, Universal Pictures dropped the movie from its projects, because they didn't see any firm commitments on big names in the supporting roles. Today in the New York Times, Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda confirmed that the movie is 'back under discussion.'
Miranda also mentioned that he and In the Heights book writer Quiara Alegría Hudes are currently working on a musical adaptation of Chaim Potok’s 'My Name Is Asher Lev.' He told NYT: '“It was my favorite book growing up. I’ve reread it countless times, and I finally obtained the rights last year. In a lot of ways that book speaks profoundly about what it is to be an artist and to feel a responsibility to your culture and your people.'
On writing a musical about news channel NY1, Miranda added: 'Even if it’s just one musical number with Aaron Tveit as Pat Kiernan. Something about that world appeals to me because it’s so New York. Pat reads me the newspaper every morning, and I really appreciate that.'
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