Since its inception, Hip Hop has found its way into so many facets of our culture. Not only has it been the fastest-growing genre of music for over 20 years, but it has had a tremendous impact on fashion, television, language, politics, literature, and countless other aspects of our daily lives.

However, it was not until recently that Hip Hop found a home in the world of musical theater. On February 8, 2007, Lin-Manuel Miranda premiered an unconventional show called In the Heights at the off-Broadway 37 Arts Theatre. Having worked on the show since his college days, Miranda infused it with two of his major influences having grown up in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights