Stop What You're Doing and Watch the First 8 Minutes of 'In the Heights'

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Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

At long last, you can finally watch In the Heights—the first 8 minutes of it, that is.

Warner Bros. has shared the first 8 minutes of the upcoming film adaptation of the Tony-Award-winning musical, which brings viewers in to the tight-knit community of Washington Heights. The story is told through the lens of a young bodega owner named Usnavi, who hustles to earn a living and hopes for a more fortunate future.

The lively musical introduction, which just dropped on YouTube, takes viewers through Usnavi's bodega and neighborhood, where we meet the rest of the cast and get to know their relationship with Usnavi.

In the final moments of the clip, members of the community gather in the colorful New York streets breaking into song and dance, united by the shared hope of reaching big dreams despite their circumstances. While the film works to capture the essence and diversity of Washington Heights, specifically, you’ll learn from just the first eight minutes that it depicts an experience that can be felt universally.

The film is based on the musical stage play, music, and concept by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Anthony Ramos as Usnavi, the production hits theaters and exclusive streaming on HBO Max on Thursday, June 10. It is rated PG-13.

Combining the talents of some of Broadway’s stars like Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Gregory Diaz IV, the film boasts a considerable line-up. And since the film was primarily shot on location in New York, its visuals are bound to engage audiences in theaters this Thursday.

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