The internet can spawn a great many things- like the awareness of high school productions allowing major celebs to drop in unexpectedly.
The trend started with New Jersey’s North Bergen High School, where not only did Ridley Scott help fund an encore performance of “Alien: The Musical”, Sigourney Weaver surprised the students as they were about to hit the stage.
That was such a success, Lin Manuel Miranda took a page from Weaver’s book and shocked the students at George Washington High School.
“Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who are currently working together on “The Heights”, went to the school to see them perform the same musical on stage.
“We start shooting #InTheHeightsMovie on Monday. So after our final rehearsal we took a trip 2 George Washington high school in the Heights 2 see them perform In The Heights! Could not b more Inspired by these students,” Chu wrote.
Miranda added, “We saw In The Heights in the Heights for the first time, with kids from all over the [neighbourhood]. It’s cool I only cried 10 times. These kids were so good. Our future is so bright.”
To top it all off, Quiara A. Hudes, who wrote both the musical and the film script, was also there.
“These students were pure life and energy, and the local audience laughed at different lines than the Broadway audience,” she said. “#InTheHeights was alive as it’s ever been last night at George Washington HS and gratitude is the name of my day.”
“In The Heights” stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Stephanie Beatriz and Leslie Grace.
The musical is about local immigrants who live in Washington Heights in New York City’s Upper Manhattan. The film is set for release on June 26, 2020.