In The Heights (2021)

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Andrea Burns (Daniela), Janet Dacal (Carla) and Karen Olivo (Vanessa), who were all in the original Broadway company of In the Heights, are having a virtual reunion right now on Stars in the House.

 

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Director Jon M. Chu talked to EW about the decision to delay the film until next year so it can play theatrically:

"There was a vigorous debate about release dates of course," said Chu, whose previous directing credits include Crazy Rich Asians and Step Up 3D. "But in a weird way we were all on the same page when deciding [whether] this is an opportunity to stream this movie. At the end of the day, everyone who knows our movie or has seen our movie knows that it feels like it needs to be on the big screen. Many movies don’t have to be, but there’s a spirit about this one, a scope about this one, that I think we all believed in. So, there wasn't a fight between should we stream this or put this in the theatre. Everyone knew it was one we wanted to protect and make sure it got on the big screen. It is a very special movie, no doubt. To work with Quiara (Alegría Hudes), who wrote it, and Lin, obviously — the legend, the icon, Lin-Manuel Miranda. And for him to invite us into his hometown, Washington Heights, to introduce us to his neighbors, to the people he grew up with, to this area that he wrote these songs about, they’d never even performed these songs on the streets it was written about, that was really special."
More at the link: https://ew.com/movies/in-the-heights-jon-m-chu-release-date-change/

In slightly related news, Disney announced today that next summer's Pixar film currently scheduled to open the same day as In the Heights is called "Luca." If it had opened this summer as originally planned, In the Heights would have opened opposite the Top Gun sequel. We'll see how that all shakes out.
 
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... but there’s a spirit about this one, a scope about this one, that I think we all believed in. ... Everyone knew it was one we wanted to protect and make sure it got on the big screen. It is a very special movie, no doubt.
Sounds like every director about every film they've ever made. Ever.
 
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It's not about the movie, but for anyone interested, PBS is re-airing a documentary from 2009 or so called "In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams" about the development original Broadway production. It is being aired under the Great Performances banner and is supposed to begin tonight. However, my local PBS isn't airing it until next Saturday, so times and dates may vary depending on where you are.
 

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