While Usnavi shares some doubts, he eventually decides to go ("Hundreds of Stories"). Abuela Claudia decides to give Sonny and Usnavi each a third of the money and urges Usnavi to use it to achieve his lifelong dream of returning to his home in the Dominican Republic. Often considered the "one who made it out" and the pride of the corner, Nina dreads telling her parents and neighbors the truth of her return home: that she dropped out of Stanford because she had to work two jobs to maintain her tuition, leading to her getting poor grades and losing her scholarship ("Breathe"). [31] The performance of the production at the Olivier Awards was introduced by Jonathan Groff, in character as King George from Miranda's musical Hamilton. The film is based on the 2007 stage musical of the same name by Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who appears in a small role and stars Anthony Ramos in the role of Usnavi de la Vega. [65] Warner Bros. originally set a release date of June 26, 2020. Afterward, Usnavi and Nina go through Abuela's old photographs to reminisce. Broadway.com. Usnavi calms Sonny down by revealing that they plan to give him a third of the lottery winnings and begins to rouse excitement throughout the block once more by encouraging them to celebrate before everything changes ("Carnaval del Barrio"). The production was scheduled to star numerous K-pop and hip hop musicians including Jeong Won-young, Yang Dong-geun, Jang Dongwoo of Infinite, and Key from Shinee as Usnavi, Seo Kyeong-su, Kim Sung-kyu of Infinite, and Chen from EXO as Benny, and Kim Bo-kyeong, Luna of f(x) as Nina.

As Usnavi plays Abuela Claudia's old records, he comes to terms with the fact that the corner is about to change, and wonders if anyone will notice that he's gone in the long run. It was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards and won four, including the 2008 Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography awards. Music superstars Kat Valdez and Bastian are getting married before a global audience of fans. As the night winds down, Sonny approaches Graffiti Pete with a secret proposition, which Pete accepts. As the block reluctantly begins making the most of a bad situation, Daniela leads the crowd in mocking Vanessa for not realizing Usnavi's feelings for her as well as Benny for his trust with Nina the previous night. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. The film is based on the 2007 stage musical of the same name by Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who appears in a small role and stars Anthony Ramos in the role of Usnavi de la Vega. Nina reunites with her parents and is ultimately forced to reveal that she dropped out. [66] In October 2018, Anthony Ramos was cast as Usnavi. [6] In May 2016, it was announced that Miranda would co-produce the film with Harvey Weinstein and backing from The Weinstein Company. In 2002, Miranda worked with director Kail and wrote five separate drafts of In the Heights.

Overwhelmed by his kind act, Vanessa visits a flustered Usnavi as he cleans up the bodega and flirts with him, offering him a bottle of champagne. The production combined a varied Spanish speaking cast from countries including the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Spain, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and the USA. … Nina expresses her doubts about her own self-worth to Benny, but he reassures her that she is destined for greatness ("When You’re Home"). In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. [23][24][25] The tour played in Chicago in January 2012, with Virginia Cavaliere as Nina, Presilah Nunez as Vanessa, Kyle Carter as Benny, and Perry Young as Usnavi. In the Heights Lyrics. [16], The first national tour of In the Heights began on October 27, 2009, in Tampa, Florida. They and soon the rest of the block begin to fantasize about what they would do if they won the small fortune ("96,000"). The production garnered 18 nominations to the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards (the DC equivalent to the Tony Awards), more than any other DC production in the season,[42] including Best Musical, Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Choreography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor among others. Vanessa kisses him before leaving, lamenting that she was too late in realizing her feelings for him ("Champagne"). A man is on a wonderful date with when he receives a text from his ex-girlfriend. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. [7], On June 10, 2016, Jon M. Chu came on board to direct the film adaptation of the musical. Clearly harboring latent romantic feelings for one another, Benny and Nina reconnect ("Benny’s Dispatch"). Lin-Manuel Miranda said he would not return as Usnavi, the role he originated, but could return in another role.[62]. Elsewhere, Nina finds solace in Benny, who takes her on a walk down the street corner and reminisces with her, reminding her of her childhood and her home. The Canadian premiere of In the Heights, produced by The Arts Club, opened at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on May 6, 2015. The neighborhood descends into chaos as Usnavi and Vanessa, as well as Benny and Nina, desperately try to find their way back to one another. [USNAVI] Lights up on Washington Heights, up at the break of day. After the show was accepted by Wesleyan University's student theater company Second Stage, Miranda added "freestyle rap ... bodegas, and salsa numbers. The production offered English and Spanish subtitles. [75] However, it has been delayed to June 18, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [9], In October 2018, Anthony Ramos was cast in the film for an unspecified role, later revealed to be the lead of Usnavi. A man discovers that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. Suddenly, the power goes out throughout the city as a result of the intense heat and humidity. Directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music direction by Alex Lacamoire, it was produced by Jill Furman, Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Sander Jacobs.

[18] The tour closed on April 3, 2011, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. The story is set over the course of three days, involving characters in the largely Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. Miranda played this engagement. A scientist discovers a way to relive your past and uses the technology to search for his long lost love. As the blackout continues, the Piragua Guy rejoices in the effect the heat has had on his business ("Piragua (Reprise)"). "[46] Heather Bing of The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote, "Although I was sometimes struggling to keep up with the hip-hop and Spanish-infused lyrics, the exciting set and choreography paired with excellent acting held my interest in the storyline. In the Heights is an upcoming American musical drama film directed by Jon M. Chu from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes. [7][8] The cast featured Natalie Cortez, Janet Dacal, Robin De Jesus, Huey Dunbar, Christopher Jackson, Doreen Montalvo, Javier Muñoz, Rick Negron, Sheena Marie Ortiz, Matt Saldivar, Monica Salazar, and Nancy Ticotin[9], The musical then opened at the 37 Arts Theater Off-Broadway, running from February 8, 2007, through July 15, 2007. A pair of best friends find themselves in over their heads. Elsewhere, Vanessa, an employee of Daniela's at the salon (and with whom Usnavi had long been infatuated), dreams of one day leaving the corner and getting an apartment in the West Village ("It Won’t Be Long Now"). The producers announced on January 8, 2009, that the show had recouped its $10 million investment after 10 months. But they will be in the other songs. The cast featured Sam Mackay as Usnavi, Christina Modestou as Nina, Emma Kingston as Vanessa, David Bedella as Kevin Rosario and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Daniela, with direction by Luke Sheppard. The new production was directed by Bobby Garcia and starred Nyoy Volante as Usnavi, Ima Castro as Vanessa, K-La Rivera as Nina Rosario, Felix Rivera as Benny, Calvin Millado as Kevin Rosario, Jackie Lou Blanco as Camila Rosario, Tex Ordoñez as Daniela, Tanya Manalang as Carla, Bibo Reyes as Sonny, and Jay Glorioso as Abuela Claudia. While Spanish-language versions of In the Heights have been produced in Latin America, this production is distinctive for several reasons: It is the first Spanish version of the show in the United States, it is the first Spanish translation sanctioned and approved by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and it is directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado, Assistant Latin Choreographer on the original Broadway production of In the Heights. [53], In November 2008, Universal Pictures announced that they had acquired the rights to adapt the musical as a feature film for release in 2011.

Nina begins to remember the central role Abuela Claudia played in her education and motivation, and in memory of Abuela, she resolves to accept her parents’ money and give college another try, returning to Stanford at the end of the summer ("Everything I Know").

[1], Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, This article is about the stage musical.