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Lin-Manuel Miranda fans can now watch Hamilton from the comfort of their own homes. The long-awaited release of a filmed performance by the original Broadway cast was bumped up because of the coronavirus pandemic, and its now available to stream on Disney+.
But unfortunately the COVID-19 crisis had the opposite effect on the movie adaptation of Miranda's first Tony-winning hit, In the Heights, which tells the story of a rapidly gentrifying block in Washington Heights, one of the northernmost neighborhoods in Manhattan. It was previously set to hit theaters in June of 2020, but the premiere has been delayed by a year.
Here's what we know so far.
When will it be released?
Early on in the global pandemic, Variety reported that release of In the Heights would be delayed "indefinitely." And in April 2020, the outlet confirmed that a new premiere date had been set for June 18, 2021.
“After long conversations & sleepless nights of uncertainty, we have decided the best time to release ‘In the Heights’ is next summer when people will feel the MOST comfortable celebrating in a movie theater TOGETHER,” director Jon M. Chu wrote on Twitter at the time. “I know it’s much later than we wanted but ‘In the Heights’ didn’t take 10 years to get made only to be left in half empty theaters w/out the crowd it deserves!!”
Miranda also chimed in about the date change on social media with lyrics from the show: “So we’ve got the summer and we’ve got each other. Perhaps even longer..”
The premiere date has since been moved to June 11, 2021.
What's it about?
In the Heights takes place over the course of three extremely hot summer days in Washington Heights, a largely Dominican and Puerto Rican-American neighborhood in New York City. It follows Usnavi, a young bodega owner, his friends, and other members of their community after his shop sells a winning lottery ticket worth $96,000.
Unlike the new Hamilton movie, In the Heights is not a filmed version of the Broadway show; rather, it's a complete movie musical. Get a taste of how the film will look in the trailers above and below:
Who is involved?
Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) directed the film, which stars Anthony Ramos as Usnavi, Corey Hawkins as Benny, and Melissa Barrera as Vanessa. Stephanie Beatriz, Jimmy Smits, Dascha Polanco, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Olga Merediz, and Leslie Grace round out the main cast.
While Miranda played the lead on Broadway, he fills a smaller role of the "Piragua Guy," who sells shaved ice in the film.
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