NEW YORK (AP) — The big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” will kick off the Tribeca Film Festival on June 9, two days before the film opens in theaters and begins streaming.
Set in New York’s Washington Heights, “In the Heights” will premiere across every New York borough — including the United Palace theater in the film’s uptown neighborhood, festival organizers said Friday.
Tribeca — canceled last year due to the pandemic — is planning a festival beginning June 9 to take place in open-air venues around the city.
“‘In the Heights’ is the quintessential New York story of hard-work, resilience, and triumph. We are proud to feature this film as opening night where it can debut in its hometown in celebration of its New York roots and the Latinx community,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the festival.
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“In the Heights” is directed by Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and follows the stories of several people living in Washington Heights in New York City as they attempt to navigate their goals, their dreams and the expectations of those around them. The musical features hit songs including “Breathe,” “Paciencia y Fe” and “When You’re Home.”
The film stars Anthony Ramos, who originated the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in “Hamilton,” as Usnavi de la Vega, the role played by Miranda in the original production. Other cast members include Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Miranda will also appear in the film in the form of the Piragua Guy.
Warner Bros. will release “In the Heights on June 11 in theaters and on HBO Max. The Tribeca Film Festival runs June 9-20.
Contributing: Madison Durham, Reviewed