IN THE HEIGHTS Movie Musical Coming This Summer

Before HAMILTON, Lin-Manuel Miranda was known for creating this Tony award winning show

HBO Max will air IN THE HEIGHTS June 18, 2021. Originally scheduled for big screen release in June of 2020, it was shelved due to the coronavirus. According to VarietyIn the Heights will be available to HBO Max subscribers for 31 days before only playing in theaters.

BroadwayWorld put together a list of things you should know before diving in:

  • “In The Heights” is a 2008 Broadway musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes.
  • The story is set over the course of three days in the vibrant New York community of Washington Heights – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
  • The Tony Award-winning musical opened on Broadway in March 2008 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning four: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and was also nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
  • Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) directed the movie-musical. Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs and Scott Sanders produced.

The film stars Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Olga Merediz, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Diaz IV, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Marc Anthony, and Noah Catala.

Lin-Manuel Miranda also appears in a cameo role as Pirguero.

Susan Saunders 1/25/21

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