‘In The Heights’ Moves The Masses At Tribeca Fest Premiere – Deadline

Emotions roared through New York’s United Palace Theater on Wednesday night as In the heights finally screened for a live audience.

Applause erupted a dozen times at the musical’s world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The sight of the first titles on the big screen was enough on its own to make star Anthony Ramos jump to his feet and pump his fist.

The festival is the first major festival in North America to host in-person screenings. The sheer relief of being able to experience a movie without a mask (if vaccinated) and interacting with other moviegoers was a revelation. The energy continued at the salsafie after-party at The Hudson, a sprawling open-air venue filled with enough expressive, maskless revelers to feel like the Before Times.

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“It’s more than exciting and maybe a little overwhelming to be here with so many people in the flesh, not on a screen,” Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich said in his opening remarks. … If ever the world, if ever New York was ready for a block party, now is.

Lin-Manuel Miranda created the Tony-winning Broadway musical and performed and produced the film. He recognized the multiple layers of meaning by standing on the historic stage in his original neighborhood, on which the film is based, premiering in a theater that he and his family have restored.

Before Hamilton made Miranda into a megastar and “before he got any money,” he said, he funded half of a new screen and new projection equipment at United Palace in 2013. At 19 years old, he remembers, he started to write In the heights, which he described as a “love letter” to the Upper Manhattan neighborhood.

“It’s not a dream come true,” he said. “These are seven dreams coming true at the same time.”

Chu noted that this was not his Tribeca debut. In 2003, the festival screened a short musical that he directed, When the children are away. The director of photography for this short film, Alice Brooks, also directed the cinematography for In the heights.

Fans didn’t have to wait long for the film to hit the market. It is reaching theaters and HBO Max today. The follow-up shows a healthy open of over $ 20 million.

While the United Palace can seat around 3,300 people, attendance was limited to a few hundred people, seated in both rows. Even so, the reaction seemed robust and the punchlines still landed.

“Before Covid,” said festival co-founder Robert De Niro, “just stepping out into a movie theater was something you would take for granted. Now we remember it’s a special event.

At the corporate level, Warner Bros. is once again facing a wave of uncertainty as the proposed WarnerMedia-Discovery merger progresses through the approval process. The night remained hot despite all the uncertainty.

Emmerich thanked “our intrepid leaders, Jason Kilar and Ann Sarnoff,” who did not speak but were present. “They loved and supported this movie to the end.”

CNN and Turner Sports chief Jeff Zucker and HBO president and chief content officer Casey Bloys were among other WarnerMedia executives spotted at the premiere.

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