Movie/Theater News: "In The Heights"

By Brandan on 1/05/2010 11:31:00 AM

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Corbin Bleu will be joining the cast of "In The Heights" on Broadway in New York starting January 25th-April 25th as the lead role of Usnavi. This is a great move for him and I wish I could go to New York to see it. I saw the National Tour in Chicago and it was great. In other 'In The Heights' news...look forward to the movie version coming soon; details below!

Kenny Ortega, the director of the "High School Musical" movies and "Michael Jackson's This Is It," is attached to direct Universal's adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical "In the Heights."

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who composed and wrote the musical as well as starred in it, is set to star in and produce the big-screen adaptation. Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the play's book, is writing the script.

"Heights" explored three days in New York City's Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights and featured hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music. It was nominated for 13 Tonys, winning the award for best musical.

Meryl Poster will produce with original Broadway producers Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Jill Furman Willis serving as executive producers.

Universal's executive vp of production Tracy Falco and director of development Maradith Frenkel will oversee the project for the studio.

Ortega, whose "This Is It" danced its way to $252 million worldwide, is repped by Paradigm.

I wonder who will be cast in the roles for the film, I say use the cast from the National Tour minus Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer because she wasn't good.

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