Sadly, it wasn’t too long ago that Hispanics on Broadway were as easy to spot as a unicorn, prancing in a purple passion jumper. The number crunchers crunched and realized that the Hispanic communities were big spenders in the entertainment sector, much like African-Americans, but the “Great White Way” divided them for a plethora of reasons.

Then came Lin-Manuel Miranda and his colorful musical about uptown, “In the Heights,” which demonstrated a new, familiar voice in an “uptown” language and familiar beat that resonated.

Sunday, July 10, Miranda cut his hair. He’s moving on and keeping his fingers all over his works. That includes the three companies of “Hamilton” being shaped for Los Angeles, Chicago and the U.K.

His time will also be spent shaping his 2008 Tony Award winner for best musical, “In the Heights”, into a film, currently under development at the Weinstein Company.

Much like his play, the road to getting something on the big screen takes time. Originally, the film had been set up at Universal, with Kenny Ortega attached to direct and Miranda starring, before the studio put it into turnaround in 2011.

“In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

Scott Sanders (“The Color Purple” ) and Mara Jacobs are producing the movie project, along with Miranda, through Scott Sanders Productions. They are working off of a script by Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the book for the original stage show.

“In the Heights” was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four—Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It also won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.

A few years ago, the Broadway League started Viva Broadway, in an effort to bring awareness to the Hispanic communities, which mostly did its best with what Broadway had to offer—which was slim for the Latino audience. The work continues and it’s important because the talent in our communities is staggering.

To wit, this week Javier Muñoz replaces Lin-Manuel Miranda in the title role of “Hamilton,” and like the show’s creator, he is the son of Puerto Rican parents, born in New York and the product of New York City public schools, and he, like Miranda, encountered Broadway as a child.

According to a recent article in The New York Times, Muñoz is “40, openly gay, H.I.V. positive and a cancer survivor.”

Viva La Raza. Viva La Broadway. More to follow.