In the Heights arrives in 2020

In the Heights Promotional Poster. Image Credit:
In the Heights Promotional Poster. Image Credit:

In the Heights, an adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda written Broadway musical of the same title, will hit movie theater screens in these United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland on Friday, 26 June 2020. Bringing Quiara Alegría Hudes’s musical book to the big screen is screenplay writer Marc Klein. Klein is best known for his work on the big screen productions Serendipity, A Good Year, Suburban Girl and Mirror Mirror.

In the Heights Promotional Poster. Image Credit:
In the Heights Promotional Poster. Image Credit:

What is In the Heights about?

Like the source material, the film adaptation revolves around numerous characters resident of Washington Heights. Washington Heights, located at the northern tip of Manhattan, is a diverse community. At the heart of the drama is Usnavi de la Vega. Usnavi, the owner of a Washington Height’s bodega, diligently cares for an elderly Cuban lady.

Usnavi is enamoured with Vanessa. She works at the local beauty salon. One of the bodega owner’s dreams is to win the lottery and escape to his circumstances. After inheriting his grandmother’s fortune, Usnavi has mixed feelings about retiring to his native Dominican Republic.

Nina Rosario, one of Usnavi’s childhood friends, returns to the Heights after her first year at college. Because college did not go as well as she would have liked, Nina has surprising news for Kevin and Camila Rosario.

The reality of what home revolves more around family, friends and community than it is about location. This is something Usnavi and the Washington Heights residents eventually come to learn.

Who is in the Cast?

The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, stars Leslie Grace, Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera, Jimmy Smits, Olga Merediz, Gregory Diaz IV, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco and Marc Anthony. The principal characters in the original Broadway musical were personified by Mandy Gonzalez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Karen Olivo, Olga Merediz, Carlos Gomez, Priscilla Lopez, Robin de Jesús, Andréa Burns, Janet Dacal, Seth Stewart and Eliseo Román. Consequently, because of the talent in the Broadway production, the movie cast as significant lyrical shoes to fill.

A TV Commercial for the musical In the Heights

Final Thoughts

Considering In the Heights is making the transition from musical theatre to the big screen next year, it will only be a matter of time before Hamilton: An American Musical receives the same treatment. Big screen producers would probably give their right hands for an opportunity to own the property rights to one of the greatest American musicals of the early twenty-first century. Because of this, Hamilton: An American Musical is a hot property.

Before Miranda’s fans can be satisfied with a big screen Hamilton adaptation, we will have to settle for the coming In the Heights. The artistry of In the Heights is apparent, there is no doubt. Consequently, the Washington Heights-set musical is an extraordinarily beautiful creation. As a result, the production exemplifies the diverse nature of the Heights perfectly. Miranda, as well as speaking of Hamilton: An American Musical, made reference to In the Heights during the commencement address he gave at the University Of Pennsylvania in 2016. It’s a revelation.

What do you think? Is it time for a Hamilton big screen adaptation? Please comment.