It’s not the 1950s anymore: original big-screen musicals are a delightful rarity. If this isn’t a fantastic reimagining of an existing rocker’s songs (see Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) or an ominous CGI and Autotune blancmange (The Greatest Showman and Cats, n ‘ anyone?), they just don’t exist.
Or so we thought. Eight minutes of film is about to change your perspective, as Warner Bros. kindly released the opening number of the new musical In The Heights.
Created by Lin Manual Miranda of Hamilton (who plays a supporting role here as a shaved ice seller), In The Heights focuses on New York’s bustling Washington Heights and the various neighbors who dream of winning a lottery. that changes life. Below, Anthony Ramos presents his bodega, abuela (which is not really son abuela) and the ambition to return to his native Dominican Republic. All in song and in rhyme, naturally.
Jon M. Chu brings similar color and liveliness to his latest hit Crazy Rich Asians, but this time he’s working with a professional dance cast from Broadway. and established talent for film and television (Jimmy Smits, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polano). La La Land was good enough, admittedly, but it’s undeniably refreshing to see an on-screen musical that prioritizes performance ability over established star quality (again, The Greatest Showman and Cats. I’ll never forget.)
If you liked the opportunity to see Hamilton on Disney +, In The Heights has all the good recurring qualities. Obviously, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music and lyrics are equally punchy and catchy (“Everyone’s stressed out, yeah / But they’re pushing through the mess / The bounce controls and wondering what’s next â) Bringing modern styles of R&B, rap and Latin pop into the showtune format.
There’s also plenty of Alexander Hamilton in migrant lead character Usnavi’s dream of succeeding in America, and flashbacks from an older Usnavi in ââthe musical number above suggest he’s actually back home. original one way or another.
Exactly how it all plays out will be revealed on June 24, when In The Heights hits theaters across Australia. We can’t wait to venture out into the cold to see a sweaty summer musical with plenty of talented people exercising their hearts out on screen. If you want to be a part of the action, be sure to keep an eye out for nearby session times via the link below.