How ‘In The Heights’ Production Designer Nelson Coates Constructed the Neighborhood
“Heights-2021-movie-posters/”>In the Heights” production designer Nelson Coates had an important task from Lin-Manuel Miranda: The bodegas for the film adaptation of the stage show needed to be located east of Broadway, “because that was a historic Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban neighborhood.”Anything west of that would be predominantly Irish, Russian or Jewish.
The last thing director Jon M.
Chu and Miranda wanted was to shoot anywhere but in the Heights.
The film centers on the vibrant Washington Heights community and follows bodega owner Usnavi, played by Anthony Ramos, who dreams of a better life and returning to the Dominican Republic.
Corey Hawkins (Benny), Leslie Grace (Nina), Melissa Barrera (Vanessa), Olga Merediz (Abuela Claudia) and Daphne Rubin-Vega (Daniela) also star.Coates breaks down how he built the neighborhood seen in the movie, out June 11 in theaters and on HBO Max.Building the Intersection“Audubon Avenue, which runs from West
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