Nate Heller (‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ composer) on honoring Fred Rogers’ ‘magical world of music’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Composer Nate Heller admits he and his director (and sister) Marielle Heller felt “a tremendous amount of responsibility” with “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” their biographical drama about beloved children’s TV show host Fred Rogers. The two wanted to “honor Fred’s legacy,” especially when it came to the music. Watch our exclusive video interview with Heller above.

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The Tristar release casts Oscar-winner Tom Hanks as the star of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in the story of his friendship with journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a fictionalized version of real-life writer Tom Junod, whose 1998 profile of Rogers is the basis of the film. Rogers “wrote almost all of the music for the show,” Heller explains. “Between him and his band leader, Johnny Costa, they created this magical world of music.” So his first priority was
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