It’s been a busy week with plenty of announcements of the music world continuing to ease itself into the television and movie business with Dolly Parton bringing her stories and songs to Netflix and Donald Glover’s hit “Atlanta” series getting the green light for a third season on FX. Now it’s Lin-Manuel Miranda’s turn to celebrate, as his New York City-themed “In The Heights” musical will now be coming to the big screen with a set release date of June 26, 2020, Billboard reports.
The production rights to the film were initially acquired by The Weinstein Co., but have since been purchased by Warner Bros., who will be in charge of bringing the hit musical to the big screen. The musical’s storyline follows a full day in the life of Miranda’s character, Usnavi de la Vega, who runs a bodega which is New York City's version of a corner deli/convenience store. The setting of the musical takes place in the heavily Latin-populated community of Washington Heights in northern Manhattan, where the “windows are always open, the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music, and the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take, and which ones you leave behind.”
“In The Heights” was initially written as a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, which was eventually developed into a musical by Miranda while he was still in college. It would debut at Wesleyan University in 2000, and eventually went on to earn a spot Off-Broadway and ultimately on Broadway beginning in 2008, and would see a total of 1,184 regular performances before coming to an end in early 2011. “In The Heights” also took home Tony Awards for “Best Musical” and “Best Original Score” in 2008. A video of the musical's performance at that year's Tony awards can be watched below.
Numerous tours and international theatrical adaptations have followed since, and certainly helped to establish Miranda as a big name in theatre, ultimately paving the way for his groundbreaking “Hamilton: The Musical.” The original cast recording of “In The Heights” also won a Grammy in 2009 in for “Best Musical Show Album.”