The highly anticipated adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights finally premiered in theaters and on HBO Max this week. The film is based on the stage musical of the same name written by Quiara Alegría Hudes with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film was originally set to premiere this time last year, but due to COVID-19, the release was postponed to summer 2021.
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The film is centered around the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, where bodega owner Usnavi dreams of a life running his late father’s beach bar in the Dominican Republic. The movie stars Corey Hawkins as Benny, Leslie Grace as Nina Rosario, Melissa Barrera as Vanessa, Olga Merediz as Abuela Claudia (reprising her role from the original Broadway production), Gregory Diaz IV as Sonny, and Jimmy Smits as Kevin Rosario. Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu directed the film, while Hudes wrote the screenplay and serves as a producer along with Miranda.
“I started writing [the] show because I desperately wanted a life in musical theater, and I didn’t see that many opportunities for me or for Latinx performers,” Miranda told ELLE for the June/July issue. “We had West Side Story, which was back in the ’50s, and not that much new since then on the stage. The show came out of an impulse to create more opportunities for Latinx performers.”
How to stream In the Heights on HBO Max
In the Heights premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on Thursday, June 10. The film is available to HBO Max subscribers through July 11. Although the streaming service does not offer a free trial directly, you can get one through Hulu with an HBO Max add-on.
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