Here’s a little something to tide you over until the year 2040 when Hamilton eventually closes on Broadway and they can finally make movie version of it starring Psalm West as Hamilton, Bible Bieber-Bladwin as Aaron Burr, and in a surprisingly witty piece of stunt casting, Archie Mountbatten Windsor as King George. It’s In The Heights aka Bodega: The Musical!
The movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s debut musical ITH has been lying dormant as a project because the rights were owned by The Weinstein Company. But when TWC went bankrupt, ITH landed with Warner Brothers. Now we have the first full length trailer starring Hamilton original cast’s own Anthony Ramos, and directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians).
Here’s the plot because the only thing you’ll learn from the trailer is that LMM sure has a signature sound! (via Entertainment Weekly)
Set in Upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, Miranda’s vibrant musical follows the lives of the people — many of them immigrants or children of immigrants — who live and work there, including Usnavi (played by Miranda himself on stage in the original Broadway cast) who owns the local bodega and dreams of winning big in the lottery and making it out of the barrio he grew up in. His plans are put somewhat put on hold, however, when it seems his long-time crush and beauty salon worker, Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), might reciprocate his feelings. All the while, the heat rises and rises in the neighborhood, bringing everyone’s tensions and truths bubbling to the surface. (Gotta love a New York summer.)
Is it weird that I audibly cheered when I saw Jimmy Smits appear. I didn’t know I had feelings for Jimmy Smits, but apparently I do, and they are very strong and sexual in nature. This looks like my kind of fun but I’m a pushover when it comes to musicals. My puppy is named Audrey II. Of course I’m seeing this.