There are several reasons why filmdom is all a-dither over “In The Heights,” the first musical to be released during the pandemic – on June 11 in theaters and on HBO Max. How it will fare at the box-office can affect the fate of other musicals.
“In The Heights” is a wonderful show about young people and their dreams in the Latino community in New York’s Washington Heights. It has all the ingredients: beautiful songs, great production numbers and even a Pulitzer Prize. It has words and music by Lin Manuel Miranda of Hamilton. And then there is Anthony Ramos.
Admit it, even the perfect movie can use help at the box-office from a dose of eye candy, especially one that is also good for the ears. In the case of “In The Heights,” that is provided by Ramos. He is 29 years old, sings sexy, can dance up a storm, has the chiseled features of a Latino heartthrob and is buffed enough to be part of the Calvin Klein Spring 2021 Underwear Campaign.