After seeing In the Heights film for the second time at the cinema yesterday I felt this was the perfect time to have In the Heights as a musical moment. I have picked the performance from the original Broadway cast at the Tony Awards in 2008 in which it went on to win the Best New Musical Tony Award (and I was at these awards!)
Usnavi lives in Washington Heights in New York owning a bodega, constantly saving to get himself a better life back in his native the Dominican Republic. In the Heights shows how close the neighbourhood had been, but everything looked to be falling apart as everyone seems to want to get out.
I have always loved and adored musicals but I am fully aware that the genre seems to be the most difficult to please people who aren’t the biggest fans of them. After rewatching Chicago and the up and coming release of In the Heights it has me thinking about musicals going from stage to screen. Then if you have actually seen them on stage before the film adaptation or if you see the film first and then the stage musical. For obvious reasons a lot of changes have to be made when taking a show from the stage and putting it on screen, this is the main reason I feel Wicked has been left in production for around 12 years now. It’s one of my favourite stage musicals that I have currently seen nine times, but I really cannot picture how it will transfer to film without losing its magic and quite frankly being rather ridiculous on screen?
In the Heights is a show that I have been very lucky to see on stage twice, the first time on Broadway the night before it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical in 2008 and then in the West End in 2016. Both times I appreciated the unique nature of the music and quite frankly I think it is better than Hamilton. Both obviously coming from the genius mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, seeing him perform on Broadway was certainly very special. I have been looking forward to seeing the film adaption of In the Heights since it was announced and that is now only a few weeks away. The reviews that have been released so far have been extremely positive and this increases my excitement to see the film. As we always seem to go through phases with musicals and one often leads to more being released.
I am really hoping that people who are not the biggest fans of musicals will give In the Heights a watch though as it really is not like any other musical you have seen before, we have come a very long way from the traditional musical numbers and acting. The rap/hiphop style is something so unique and different that it is a true joy to witness, I feel I have now moved more into begging people to see it, even though I haven’t myself yet either. I just hope audiences will be open minded and see something that dares to be different.
Feels very strange to be doing another post about a trailer for In the Heights and changing the release year to 2021. This is a film we should have all loved and enjoyed already. I was lucky enough to see this on Broadway the day before it won the Tony Award for best new musical back in 2008 and also saw it in 2016 in London.
It is a truly outstanding show and I personally think the musical numbers in it are better than Hamilton.
This is something I have been putting together for quite a long time now and I have held off posting it or even attempting to start the blog post in fear that I have forgotten and somehow missed a favourite film from the list. Barring in mind I got up to 72 films and then had to cut it down to the 50. I would like to make clear these are my favourite films, some might have happened to win Oscars as well and some certainly have not at all. The way I have decided on my favourites is the sheer joy they bring and the number of rewatches I have had over the years. While I have listed 1-50 a lot of them can be shifted around and changed with each other. It is going to highlight my love for musicals and for certain actors and actresses! I doubt it will contain many surprises though!
Now I know technically we are now into the final day of Donald Trump as President of the United States before Joe Biden is sworn in today. But I have just watched this in full and thought it was utter genius. One Day More from Les Miserables is probably the most parodied musical theatre song of all time, for good reason though considering the music and being able to fit many different lyrics in. I am not the biggest James Corden plan but I applaud this effort!
A group of self obsessed Broadway stars who are struggling to get another job after a flop production decide to jump on a story about a school Prom being cancelled because a girl wants to take her girlfriend in Indiana. They figure using this to build some positive buzz for themselves.
Broadway legend Ann Reinking has sadly passed away at the age of 71. She was part of the original Chicago broadway cast and over the years spent a lot of time working on the show, which I must add is my all time favourite.
Rest in peace to a true musical theatre legend who you might know from films All That Jazz (1979) and Annie (1982). Especially considering this blog is named Let’s Go To The Movies and that song is performed by Reinking in the film.