Broadway musical, “In the Heights,” set to see the big screen

The newest trailer for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical “In The Heights” was released on March 14. “In The Heights” was conceptualized and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also known for writing and composing the Broadway hip-hop musical “Hamilton.” The movie is directed by Jon M. Chu, director of “Crazy Rich Asians” and the screenplay is by playwright and author Quiara Alegria Hudes.

The Broadway production won four Tony Awards in 2008 for “Best Musical,” “Best Original Score,” “Best Orchestrations” and “Best Choreography.” “In the Heights” also had the most nominations that year, receiving 13 nominations. It ran on Broadway for three years until Jan. 9, 2011, performing over 1000 times. In a 2020 interview, Miranda said that he was inspired to write “In The Heights” because he didn’t see Latino stories being told in the musical theater world.

The movie-musical takes place in the New York neighborhood of Washington Heights and was shot on location. It follows the stories of several people and their experiences while living in The Heights; Usnavi is a bodega owner, played by Anthony Ramos; Nina Rosario is a struggling college student, played by Leslie Grace; Vanessa is a salon worker who dreams of having her own apartment, played by Melissa Barrera. The movie explores many themes such as poverty, heritage and love. Miranda describes it as “a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures” on his website.

Audiences will also enjoy energetic and vibrant Latin-inspired musical numbers and choreography. Thanks to its star-studded Latinx cast, Chu says, “’In The Heights’ is poised to bring its moment to another underrepresented community: Latinos.”

“In The Heights” is set to open in theaters on June 11, and will also be streaming on HBO Max for the first 31 days of its release. Watch the newest trailer here.