With ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Hamilton,’ and ‘In The Heights,’ Movie Musicals Are Taking Over the Box Office

by Jeremy Spirogis
Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ariana Debose of "Hamilton" on Broadway

Musical theatre nerds, rejoice! Thanks to Disney and some different manufacturing corporations, Broadway musicals are formally taking up the field workplace. From Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story to the reside movie-musical of Hamilton, listed below are a couple of of the musicals set for his or her movie debut in 2020 and 2021.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ heads for theaters throughout 2020

With Cats that includes a furry model of Taylor Swift, it’s secure to say 2019 was a reasonably distinctive 12 months for musical theater. Another film musical is heading to theaters within the coming months. In the Heights, a musical created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, loved its broadway debut throughout 2005, even that includes Corbin Bleu and Jordin Sparks as forged members.

This summer season, a film musical model of In the Heights makes its debut, telling the story of 1 neighborhood in New York City. The trailer for this movie is out there on YouTube, at the moment holding over eight million views.

“When I saw the show years and years ago, it reminded me of my family,” Director Jon M. Chu mentioned. “I grew up in an immigrant family. The community and the fight to survive and the right to dream was everything to me. That’s the American story. I said, ‘I know how to make this movie and how to express it.’”

Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort star in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet. There’s a brand new model of West Side Story coming to theaters this 12 months. This movie stars The Fault in Our Stars and Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort, alongside film newcomer Rachel Zegler. (Of course, she’s no newcomer to musical theater — Zegler even starring as Maria in a stage manufacturing of the present.)

Although information first broke of the main forged members throughout 2019, the film premieres throughout December 2020. It options a lot of the identical music from the 1961 film, there are a couple of variations famous by the screenwriter.

“It’s not a straightforward remake [of the movie], but it’s definitely the Jets and the Sharks. It’s New York City. I think people will find a new way to love the story and to love the songs through our interpretation,” West Side Story screenwriter Tony Kushner mentioned on the pink carpet, in keeping with Vanity Fair.

Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ariana Debose of "Hamilton" on Broadway
Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ariana Debose of “Hamilton” on Broadway | Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Recently, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared information for ‘Hamilton’ followers

Disney has by no means been shy about their love for musical theatre. The studio launched film musicals Newsies and Into the Woods. Now, it has their sights set on the Tony-award profitable Broadway manufacturing of Hamilton.

“Disney presents: Hamilton. With The Original Broadway Cast. Filmed onstage at The Richard Rodgers Theatre. In A Theater Near You. October 15, 2021. #Hamilfilm,” Lin-Manuel Miranda shared on Twitter. Unlike West Side Story, this might be the primary time Hamilton would seem on the silver display. This could be Lin-Manuel Miranda’s second play-turned film, after In the Heights.

Unfortunately, there’s nonetheless over a 12 months earlier than followers can see characters like George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Aaron Burr strut throughout the stage. In the meantime, the manufacturing resides in New York City, the place it has been since 2015.

In the Heights premieres in theaters on June 26, 2020. West Side Story premieres in theaters on Dec. 18, 2020.

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