Thought you finally escaped from the “Hamilton” craze? Well, prepare yourself for another musical album that will occupy half of the country’s shower repertoire, because Lin Manuel Miranda is bringing his Tony Award-winning musical, “In the Heights,” to the big screen.
Directed by “Crazy Rich Asians”’ Jon M. Chu and written by Marc Klein and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, the film follows the lives of bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) and members of his vibrant, tight-knit community, New York City’s Washington Heights. Miranda and Hudes also serve as the film’s producers, with Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman and Mara Jacobs. Besides Ramos (Broadway’s “Hamilton”), the film stars Corey Hawkins (“BlacKkKlansman”), singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (“Vida”) and Olga Merediz (Broadway’s “In the Heights”). Chu also reunited with his “Crazy Rich Asians” production designer, Nelson Coates, and editor, Myron Kerstein on this film.
“In the Heights” first debuted on Broadway in 2008 and has won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It is based on a book of the same name by Quiara Alegría Hudes.
“In the Heights” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and is slated to release on June 26, 2020. Check out the trailer here: