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GREAT PERFORMANCES: “IN THE HEIGHTS: CHASING BROADWAY DREAMS”
November 10, 2017  | By David Bianculli

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

 

In 2008, when this Great Performances special was televised, it was chronicling the efforts of a new young talent to mount his first stage musical, a work that eventually went to Broadway and won four Tony Awards, including for Best Musical and Best Score. The musical was a modern celebration of the culture and character surrounding a bodega in modern-day Washington Heights – and the star of the show, and the author of its music, was a then-unknown young dreamer named Lin-Manuel Miranda. Chasing Broadway Dreams chronicles the long, difficult, and ultimately triumphant journey to turn his dreams into Broadway reality – a recipe PBS followed again for the composer-lyricist’s next work, a little musical called Hamilton. Check local listings.

 
 
 
 
 
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