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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” made its debut on Thursday. The musical drama is currently playing in movie theaters, but HBO Max subscribers have the option of enjoying the movie from the comfort of home.
Based off Miranda’s hit stage musical, “In the Heights” takes place in the vibrant New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, where a tight-knit community of New Yorkers are busy following their dreams and working toward better lives. Anthony Ramos (“A Star is Born”) leads the cast as Usnavi, a bodega owner who saves every penny from his paycheck, while dreaming and singing of a better predicament. The all-star cast also features Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Leslie Grace, Stephanie Beatriz (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue”), Dascha Polanco (“Orange is the New Black”), Daphne Rubin-Vegas, Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s “In the Heights”), Ariana Greenblatt, Marc Anthony, and Christopher Jackson (“Hamilton”).
If you’re not already signed up for HBO Max, join today for just $14.99 a month (or $149.99 a year) and instantly stream “In the Heights,” plus every other 2021 Warner Bros. film for the first 31 days after its theatrical release. HBO Max is also home to countless blockbusters, classic movies, beloved TV shows, and addictive series which include must-watch HBO originals, “Mare of Easttown” “Euphoria” “The Flight Attendant,” “In Treatment,” and “The Nevers.” The ad-free membership serves up 4K video, and includes a curated kids’ experience with flexible parental controls, and personalized streaming options for up to five profiles. Plus, you get to download your favorites to watch offline. HBO Max recently introduced a cheaper, ad-supported tier for $9.99 ($99.99 a year) but you won’t be able to watch new releases from Warner Bros., and you can’t download content for offline streaming.
Apart from being super convenient, HBO Max lets you rewatch “In the Heights” as many times as you like. The musical film combines Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director John M. Chu’s (“Crazy Rich Asians”) unique eye for storytelling. The movie’s screenplay was written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, who also penned the stage play. Miranda and Hudes produced the film along with Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman, and Mara Jackson. David Nicksay and Kevin McCormick served as executive producers.
“In the Heights” arrived on the streaming platform a week after “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” which will be on HBO Max until next month. Another new release, “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” will leave the platform on June 14. Other Warner Bros. films scheduled to premiere in theaters and on HBO Max this year include, “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” and “The Suicide Squad.”