In the Heights writer Quiara Alegría Hudes 'didn't want it to come off like a corny musical'
The film highlights "Latino resilience and joy and values and cariño," Hudes says.
Go inside the making of In the Heights with this exclusive excerpt
Read along as the cast battles record heat to complete the "Carnaval del Barrio" number as outlined in a special behind-the-scenes book.
Leslie Grace on how In the Heights reinvigorated her career: 'This movie saved my creativity'
The Latin Grammy-nominated singer, making her acting debut in the vibrant movie-musical, also relives the moment her real life sueñito came true.
Lights up on Washington Heights: Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights movie reveals first trailer
Jon M. Chu directs the vibrant movie-musical, which hits theaters June 26.