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It Won’t Be Long Now: How In the Heights Finally Made the Leap From Stage to Screen
Not every smash-hit musical translates seamlessly into movie form, so here’s what the makers of In the Heights did to transcend the challenges and produce a film perfect for this moment.
For every West Side Story or Chicago, there’s a Cats. Meaning, just because a show has enjoyed a smash-hit run on Broadway and scooped up a. Handful of Tony Awards, there’s no guarantee it’s going to make for a great—or even a particularly watchable—movie.
To be fair, the much-maligned film adaptation of Cats was supposed to just be a fur-coated romp, the stage show itself only having the thinnest outline of a plot, let alone a point (despite efforts to give it one in hindsight) other than to dazzle audiences for a few hours.
But not having a point isn’t exactly Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s style.
Just in time to greet the light forming at the end of the tunnel, the long-awaited (and pandemic-delayed) film adaptation of In the Heights—the 2008 musical that started it all for Miranda and his close-knit creative team—is here to rekindle your faith in stage-to-screen adaptations.
And your faith in a whole lot of other things, too.
“I feel like the world needs stuff like this,” Bill Sherman, one of the film’s two executive music producers, told E! News in a May interview, in which he and fellow EMP Alex Lacamoire explained how they helped turn the 13-year-old musical into an all-the-feelings movie that director Jon M. Chu has called “a vaccine for the soul.”
“It’s about togetherness and about family and about home and all of those—they sound narratively cliché, but they’re so important and they’re so intrinsic to us all,” Sherman continued, allowing his excitement for the film’s finally imminent release to bubble over. “And I think now more than ever. when we’ve all been huddled in our houses and scared to go outside—99 percent of this stuff takes place outside! So it’s outside on the street, it’s about talking and communicating, face to face. It’s not text messaging, it’s not emailing. It’s talking, you’re there, you’re near a person, you’re touching them, you’re hugging them.”
And while a lot of people were overjoyed to be able to stream Hamilton in their living rooms last summer, both Sherman and Lacamoire are glad that Warner Bros. opted to postpone In the Heights‘ release until more people could watch it on a big screen. (Though if you can’t make it to the theater, it is streaming on HBO Max for a month as well.)