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CHICAGO — On Tuesday, the man we know best for writing and starring in “Hamilton: The Musical” Lin-Manuel Miranda chatted with Dean.

Before his award-winning story of the Founding Fathers, Miranda found major success with his musical story of life in New York’s vibrant Washington Heights neighborhood — its culture, its music and especially its proud people searching for a better life for themselves.   

“In the Heights” became a stage classic but became one of the first movies shelved at the beginning of pandemic. Now, after a year-plus, it’s finally being released to the complete joy of the man who created it all.    

Actress Olga Merediz says her role as Abuela Claudia is dear to her heart.

Jimmy Smits said being in the musical is a check on his bucket list.

“In the Heights” opens in theaters and on HBO Max on Friday.   

The film could mark the return people going back to movie theaters. A recent poll found that 96% of moviegoers said “In the Heights” is the first movie they plan to see since the pandemic closed theaters. It’s something that cast member Gregory Diaz IV said he’s happy to see happening.