Video Interviews

Lin-Manuel Miranda Breaks Down the Songs of In the Heights

The brain behind the musical critics are calling the film of the summer goes deep on the inspirations for and compositions of "96,000," "Breathe," "Carnaval del Barrio," and more.

by | June 7, 2021 | Comments


Critics are calling In the Heights, the Lin-Manuel Miranda-composed musical journey through the New York neighborhood of Washington Heights, the movie of the summer – and it arrives packed with songs that will be stuck in your head until next summer rolls around.

Ahead of the film’s release in theaters and on HBO Max this June, Miranda sat down with Rotten Tomatoes for a deep dive on the most beloved songs from the film, an adaptation of his first musical, from show-stopping “96,000” to the poignant and moving “Breathe.”

Plus, as he walks us through the inspiration behind the songs and his lyrical and compositional choices, Miranda celebrates the work of Jon M. Chu in staging sequences “as big as the characters’ dreams” and reveals the page-and-a-half he took from the Fiddler on the Roof book when writing the original show.


In the Heights is in theaters and on HBO Max from Thursday June 10, 2021. 


On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

directors scary movies Polls and Games mutant Extras facebook Paramount Superheroes FX on Hulu genre Mary Tyler Moore Tubi foreign CBS All Access summer TV preview rt archives politics franchise TCA Awards SundanceTV Marathons batman El Rey rotten Marvel Studios aliens GIFs laika Focus Features hispanic heritage month DirecTV war Pride Month NBC WGN comic book movies summer TV Instagram Live blaxploitation Watching Series PaleyFest comedies Alien Quiz japanese AMC Plus IFC Films Showtime CMT TCM Freeform CBS TV Land Spring TV Oscars rotten movies we love Captain marvel Action quibi Exclusive Video twilight trophy SXSW 2022 comics Lifetime Christmas movies sag awards NBA black marvel cinematic universe Sundance TV nfl AMC telelvision IFC Ghostbusters sequels LGBTQ vampires dark news SXSW TCA Winter 2020 Apple TV+ golden globes emmy awards Trophy Talk Elton John Pop TV Animation OWN Walt Disney Pictures series docudrama 71st Emmy Awards Cartoon Network jurassic park talk show A24 Sneak Peek Epix space Western Creative Arts Emmys PBS Classic Film cancelled A&E 007 San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Amazon Prime Thanksgiving japan Marvel Television LGBT streaming BBC America comic book movie Tokyo Olympics hollywood The Academy NYCC comic books joker films screen actors guild werewolf legend sequel 93rd Oscars Hulu Sci-Fi critics venice target Pacific Islander obituary crime thriller Rocky Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV One HFPA debate game of thrones prank nbcuniversal Fall TV Apple TV Plus stand-up comedy Rom-Com Lifetime Hallmark Christmas movies Dark Horse Comics adenture movie animated discovery Musicals Rocketman CW Seed TBS 4/20 RT21 Paramount Pictures Mary poppins Musical football canceled live action king kong Biopics Marvel miniseries Comics on TV high school President suspense Grammys Emmy Nominations WarnerMedia Spectrum Originals FX Peacock psycho period drama romance Pop what to watch 24 frames DGA heist movie Reality Competition Comedy Pirates Awards Tour italian true crime Trailer Fargo james bond political drama Ellie Kemper romantic comedy 20th Century Fox police drama MTV IMDb TV Black History Month TV renewals FOX 2018 Disney robots harry potter Stephen King Hear Us Out king arthur streamig dc Shudder Anna Paquin fast and furious casting serial killer jamie lee curtis Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Walt Disney Company Acorn TV boxing Teen BET Awards Fox Searchlight cops hist The Walking Dead vs. critic resources adaptation slashers Holiday Song of Ice and Fire versus Turner CNN unscripted halloween Winter TV First Look PlayStation spider-verse posters nature TIFF lord of the rings Baby Yoda Netflix feel good movies parents kids deadpool die hard monster movies Summer E! Star Trek Box Office game show blockbuster leaderboard 2021 cancelled television Amazon Prime Video cancelled TV shows Disney Plus Lionsgate The Purge 99% stop motion HBO ViacomCBS Turner Classic Movies BBC video Nominations book adaptation Paramount Plus sitcom sopranos The Witch green book Adult Swim Tarantino crossover scary disaster Best Actor sports based on movie satire international Interview Hollywood Foreign Press Association aapi The CW Syfy YA Esquire spain BBC One marvel comics biography cats basketball all-time cars new york cartoon Set visit Television Critics Association technology TV Drama TruTV Red Carpet doctor who Britbox criterion DC Comics Broadway action-comedy ID binge women DC Universe anime superhero cults Photos blockbusters breaking bad Ovation Image Comics Rock crime drama Nat Geo 2015 festival The Arrangement Crackle art house Premiere Dates Calendar zero dark thirty adventure Oscar Election saw royal family Disney Channel thriller broadcast golden globe awards boxoffice documentary rom-coms Academy Awards scene in color Writers Guild of America Disney+ Disney Plus ITV gangster kong cancelled TV series Mary Poppins Returns Pixar Chernobyl travel anthology ratings dexter Christmas Arrowverse archives ABC Year in Review Mudbound docuseries HBO Go MGM chucky Apple dreamworks theme song comiccon BET 2017 Wes Anderson tv talk Infographic Bravo superman black comedy mockumentary ESPN Tomatazos comic Star Wars young adult renewed TV shows Universal Universal Pictures VH1 elevated horror Masterpiece screenings cooking child's play First Reviews History rt labs critics edition razzies Mystery Toys indie Podcast natural history 21st Century Fox Trivia Tumblr Mindy Kaling halloween tv singing competition best crime Best Picture psychological thriller E3 YouTube cinemax classics YouTube Red Brie Larson Fox News OneApp Winners canceled TV shows festivals universal monsters award winner South by Southwest Film Festival Fantasy summer preview Sony Pictures 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards dragons Spike USA 2016 FXX Horror Discovery Channel Travel Channel Family Schedule spanish spy thriller Neflix Country trailers kaiju Legendary new star wars movies Emmys Funimation asian-american Binge Guide Holidays Warner Bros. MCU pirates of the caribbean video on demand live event hidden camera science fiction Paramount Network APB concert New York Comic Con Countdown Pet Sematary Best Actress Valentine's Day 90s Comic-Con@Home 2021 independent zombies 45 Crunchyroll Amazon Studios Martial Arts Starz Cannes MSNBC slasher YouTube Premium National Geographic Sundance Now ABC Family 1990s stoner Cosplay latino Best Director Sundance transformers mcc Avengers toronto Super Bowl X-Men social media TCA 2017 dceu Amazon hispanic name the review new zealand historical drama Music strong female leads diversity Nickelodeon Television Academy ghosts TNT TV movies 79th Golden Globes Awards zombie french obi wan composers reboot Disney streaming service christmas movies Reality know your critic Vudu scorecard GoT medical drama 94th Oscars Netflix Christmas movies mob Best and Worst godzilla book ABC Signature 72 Emmy Awards indiana jones free movies biopic DC streaming service reviews Kids & Family 73rd Emmy Awards Awards rt labs Prime Video a nightmare on elm street Food Network teaser wonder woman HBO Max 2020 TCA Heroines Logo richard e. Grant streaming movies Certified Fresh spider-man justice league worst movies worst See It Skip It TLC Lucasfilm American Society of Cinematographers remakes Women's History Month south america australia finale Endgame witnail dogs Film mission: impossible RT History Black Mirror toy story Video Games USA Network Shondaland SDCC popular television BAFTA GLAAD Hallmark VOD Superheroe Opinion spinoff Columbia Pictures fresh dramedy Character Guide documentaries olympics children's TV supernatural Comic Book spanish language Tags: Comedy Film Festival VICE revenge Comedy Central