In The Heights: Lin-Manuel Miranda on why he deleted a Donald Trump song lyrics

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Later this year, Hamilton creator Miranda will debut his next film and musical venture, In The Heights. While the movie comes out years after the show began and long after Hamilton became a global phenomenon on both the stage and Disney Plus, In The Heights was actually the playwright’s first venture into musical theater. The story follows a young bodega owner, Usnavi de la Vega, who dreams of saving enough money to move to the Dominican Republic.

Throughout the show and film, there are several musical performances with Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) taking the reins and staying true to the original script.

In a recent interview with Variety, Miranda revealed that while the upcoming movie keeps the heart and soul of the show, some of the finer details have changed.

One of the most notable ax rules, Miranda explained, was in the hit 96,000.

In the original song there is a line that reads, “I’ll be a businessman richer than Nina’s dad; Donald Trump and I on the left, and he’s my caddy!”

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In The Heights: Lin-Manuel Miranda has spoken out about his new film (Image: GETTY • WARNER BROS)

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In The Heights is due out later this year (Image: WARNER BROS)


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In the upcoming movie, Miranda revealed, the line reads, “I’ll be a businessman richer than Nina’s dad; Tiger Woods and I on the left, and he’s my caddy!”

Speaking of this change, the ad explained, “When I wrote it [Trump] was an avatar for the Monopoly man.

‘He was just a famous rich person. And when time passes and it becomes a stain on American democracy, you change the text. ‘

He added, “Time made fun of that text, so we changed it.”

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In The Heights tells the original story of Lin-Manuel on the big screen (Image: WARNER BROS)

Little details aside, Miranda was thrilled to finally get the movie out after being in the development shell for so long.

The film rights to In The Heights have been bought by Universal and Warner Bros over the past decade, but the film has only found a director in recent years after executives’ fears about how the film would “test” or perform internationally were quashed.

Miranda teamed up with Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M Chu to direct the film, much to the delight of his fans.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the film was delayed from last year to this year.

This decision was made much to the dismay of Miranda, who would have preferred to see it on streaming sites as soon as possible.

Miranda said that his film was postponed a year later: “I was very publicly the one who was really against it.

“I was like, ‘How can we keep this up for a year when we know how great it is?’ ”

It was his partner in the movie, Chu, who convinced him to agree.

He continued, “Jon’s argument against me, which is the correct one, is that now we can let it go and people would feel good having it in their homes.”

Miranda continued, ‘Or we can let it go next year with the right pressure [2021].

“Then we create a row of Latinx stars so that I never have to sit in a meeting and hear someone say, ‘Are they testing internationally?'”

In The Heights will be released in theaters on June 18, 2021.


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