Movies from every genre and studio are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the big-screen adaptation of In The Heights. Originally set to hit theaters in June 2020, Warner Bros. has announced the film has been postponed for June 18, 2021.
In The Heights has been hotly anticipated. The Tony Award-winning musical was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first and his co-star from Hamilton, Anthony Ramos, takes on Miranda’s own Broadway role as Usnavi. Directed by Crazy Rich Asians’ Jon M. Chu, In The Heights is set in Upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood and follows the lives of the men, women, and children who live and work there. Usnavi owns the local bodega but dreams of winning the lottery so he can leave the barrio. But what if his crush, Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), returns his feelings? That might change Usnavi’s dreams and his life. While he decides which path to follow, he and his fellow residents (many of whom are immigrants or the children of immigrants) deal with rising tensions during the hot summer.
In The Heights also stars Corey Hawkins as Benny, Leslie Grace as Nina, Gregory Diaz as Sonny de la Vega, and Marc Anthony as Sonny’s father. Stephanie Beatriz plays salon worker Carla and Daphne Rubin-Vega will play salon owner and neighborhood gossip Daniela. Other cast members include Dascha Polanco and Jimmy Smits. Miranda plays a small but important role as Piragüero, the owner of a small piragua stand.
Although Miranda didn’t know it when he created Hamilton, there was a connection between his first and second Broadway musicals.
In 1818, the widow Eliza Hamilton established the Hamilton Free School, the first school in WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY.#STOPCRYING
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 29, 2014
It will be tough waiting another year to see the adaptation but worth it in the end. The extra time will provide the post-production team to get every element just right whenever they can resume their working schedules. Miranda previously said they were “recording the score” when the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide stay-at-home orders hit.
“There’s a lot that remains to be done on that movie,” he said. “We were finishing the score and the mixing and just getting the music exactly right.”
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