'In the Heights': How to Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda's Movie Musical

In the Heights is going to be the event of the summer — and it’s here! Based on the 2007 Tony Award-winning stage musical of the same name by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, the story got the big screen treatment and fans have been anxious to see the movie. Last March, In the Heights’ theatrical release was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but now it is set to debut in theaters and on HBO Max in June.

As fans get excited to finally watch In the Heights, ET is breaking down everything we know about the movie musical adaptation and how to watch it on HBO Max or in theaters now.

When Does In the Heights come out?

In the Heights premiered in theaters and HBO Max on the same release date, June 10.

 How to Watch

To watch In the Heights on HBO Max, you’ll need to subscribe to HBO Max, where the film will be available at no extra cost to subscribers. After an exclusive run in theaters, the movie will return to the streaming platform — but that date has not been announced. (For more info, read ET’s detailed guide for subscribers.)

To watch in theaters, visit In the Heights’ HBO Max website to see whether you can purchase tickets in your area. Of course, you’ll want to be certain to keep up on coronavirus restrictions in your area, as they may cause planned screenings to change.

The Story

In the Heights follows Usnavi, a Washington Heights native who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The story also centers on the Manhattan neighborhood’s people, heritage and their goals and aspirations.

The first production premiered in 2005 before it opened on Broadway in March 2008. It was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four, including Best Musical. 

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The Director

Jon M. Chu: The Crazy Rich Asians director took the reins on this mega-project. During a sneak peek of the newly released trailer with reporters in March, Chu said, “We’ve had a hard year but this movie has so much joy, so much passion, so much community and so much hope in it that it pours out in every frame.”

The Cast

Anthony Ramos: Known for his dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Hamilton, as well as Lady Gaga’s best friend, Ramon, in A Star Is Born, the Brooklyn native takes the lead as Usnavi. Ramos’ kind-hearted and inspirational character wants the best for the people in his community and has dreams of returning to his family’s native land.

“For many years, the Latin[x] community, we haven’t been able to tell our story in this way, especially the Latin community in New York,” Ramos told ET in October 2019. “There are very few neighborhoods that embody that story as authentically as Washington Heights, and they were so happy to have a musical set there.”

Melissa Barrera: The Mexican actress stars as Vanessa, Usnavi’s love interest who works at a hair salon, yet has aspirations to become a fashion designer and move out of Washington Heights. The former Vida star previously told ET that the movie will make audiences “fall in love with our culture.”

“This is amazing because this is a big film. Thanks to Lin-Manuel, who is so talented and has now become a big name, we get to make this film in the major way that it deserves,” she marveled. “And it’s going to be seen, hopefully, in the entire world. And what makes me so excited about it is that people are going to fall in love with our culture because there is no other option. It’s so beautiful!”

Leslie Grace: The Dominican American singer is making her acting debut in the musical that will perfectly showcase her incredible vocals. Grace takes on the role of Nina Rosario, the “good girl” who is the first in her family to go to college and who the barrio knows as “the one who made it out.” However, after being away, she realizes that life outside of Washington Heights isn’t as easy.

Corey Hawkins: The Tony Award nominee and Straight Outta Compton actor co-stars in his first movie musical as Benny. His character, who only has eyes for Nina, works at her father’s dispatch center and is one of Usnavi’s best friends.

Additional Cast Members: Daphne Rubin-Vega portrays Daniela, Stephanie Beatriz is Carla, Olga Merediz is Abuela Claudia, Gregory Diaz IV plays Sonny, Dascha Polanco is Cuca and Jimmy Smits co-stars as Kevin Rosario. Miranda also makes a cameo in the film.

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