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How Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Went From College Project to Major Motion Picture

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Billboard this year.The play was accepted by the university’s student theater company, where Miranda turned it into an 80-minute one-act show, adding freestyle rap and salsa numbers to flavor its otherwise traditional Broadway sound.

The musical enjoyed a one-weekend run during Miranda’s spring semester. After seeing the play, a small group of Wesleyan students and alumni approached Miranda about taking “In the Heights” to the next level.

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