Get ready for the screen adaptation of Broadway musical In The Heights to take cinemas by storm this weekend.
The Tony-award winning Broadway hit, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, will finally get its big screen release this summer. Adding to the magic, Jon M Chu, the Crazy Rich Asians director, has taken the film on.
And the story about life in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, is set to be a hit.
In fact, Rotten Tomatoes is already tipping In The Heights for Oscar glory in 2021.
The movie fan site says: ‘The fact that the original musical won a Tony is reason enough to get excited about In the Heights.
‘But with the addition of Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M Chu, we have had a hard time picturing anything topping one of the new songs from this film for Best Original Song in 2020.
‘The colorful visuals and production design we spied in the trailer also had us instantly buzzing.’
And the movie’s makers have confirmed they are adapting the story to include LGBT+ characters.
In the stage production, beauty salon owner Daniela and beautician Carla are just close friends. But in the film version, they will be girlfriends.
Daphne Rubin-Vega, who plays Daniela, said: ‘Carla and I are girlfriends. We are partners… we cohabitate, it’s safe to say.’
Bodega and beauty
In the Heights looks at a diverse cast of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on Manhattan’s northern tip.
The main star is Usvani, a bodega (wine and food shop) owner. He also looks after the aging Cuban lady next door.
But Usvani pines for a beautiful girl working in the neighboring salon. Meanwhile he has a dream – to win the lottery and escape New York, returning to the shores of his native Dominican Republic.
Meanwhile Nina, Usvani’s childhood friend, is the pride and joy of her parent’s household. They have poured their life savings into sending her to college. But she returns from her first year with surprising news.
Ultimately the neighborhood comes together in a celebration of the true meaning of home.
And the story of immigration and gentrification still feels as relevant today as it was when Miranda first told it on the stage in 2005.
You can see the trailer here:
Warner Bros is due to release In The Heights in cinemas in the US on 26 June and in the UK on 7 August.
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Author: Tris Reid-Smith