Stephanie Beatriz – In the Heights, the big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway melodic was initially set for a June debut. However, the coronavirus pandemic postponed its foreseen opening until the following summer. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz, who plays salon representative Carla, is now counting during the time to the film’s debut on June 18, 2021, if all works out as expected.
“I’m excited,” Beatriz told ET. “I mean, I think it will be adorable and awesome for us to be able to go to the theater again and feel excited about the film, and to share that experience all together. I’m so excited for people to see this incredible talent. The talent in this film is just, like, whew. It’s amazing. There are so many incredible voices in it. God, I could go on and on.”
Jon M. Chu directs the film (Crazy Rich Asians, Venture Up establishment), the film recounts to the narrative of a very close network in New York’s Washington Heights, where amiable, attractive bodega proprietor Usnavi (Hamilton’s Anthony Ramos) trusts, imagines and sings about a superior life.
The gathering cast includes Corey Hawkins as Benny, Leslie Elegance as Nina, Melissa Barrera as Vanessa, Olga Merediz reprising her job as Abuela Claudia, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Daniela, Gregory Diaz IV as Sonny, Dascha Polanco as Cuca, Jimmy Smits as Nina’s father Kevin, Noah Catala as Spray painting Pete, Marc Anthony as Mr. de la Vega and Miranda in an appearance as Mr. Piragüero, the “Piragua Fellow.”
Beatriz talked glowingly about Elegance and her presentation in the film, calling the 25-year-old singer “an incredibly skilled artist.” “Her voice is… it’s like angels on a rainbow sliding down into a lagoon where there are a mermaid and fairies,” she marveled. “I mean, it’s just incredible; her voice is fire… You won’t hear her singing on the album yet, but she’s incredible. Not only is she a gifted, gifted singer, but she’s also the kindest, most lovely human, and to watch her work in the film was really exciting.”
Beatriz likewise applauded her time working with Chu on the spot in New York City for In the Heights.
“And also to be around Jon Chu was great because as somebody who wants to learn more about producing and directing, it was really exciting to see him handle this huge musical. Hundreds of people on set. Huge dance numbers. An incredible team of people from the choreographers to the choreography team,” she said, promising that the musical numbers “are thrilling.”
Be that as it may, as Beatriz explains, In the Heights speaks to the full expansiveness of the Latinx experience and is proud in regards to celebrating the decent variety within the network.
“One of the things that’s most exciting is that in this moment of social justice reckoning — there’s so many levels of it — but one of the levels that the Latino community really needs to come face to face with, in my personal opinion, is there’s a lot of racism and colorism in the Latino community. And part of that is we’re from all different places, we’re from all different countries, we’re from all different parts of [the world],” she said. “Latino is a very broad statement, but what it has done traditionally is weed out people that are Black inside that community.”
“And so one of the things that I’m really thrilled about In the Heights is that we have so many kinds of people in this cast and so many different colors of people and Black people and so many different shades of people. And that is really, really important because what you see on the screen, it counts,” Beatriz added. “And for people to be able to see themselves in this film, and specifically for Black people see themselves in this film, it is really important to me, because I think that the erasure — that I, unfortunately, have taken part in that erasure in my past, and that’s on me because that’s my responsibility to look at my unconscious bias. But also, it’s really thrilling that that part of the Latino community is going to see themselves onscreen in this film. I think that that’s going to be — I hope that that will be a moment of recognition and possibly healing.”
Although crowds will have barely ten months before In the Heights assumes control over their lives, Beatriz guaranteed aficionados of the Broadway melodic that the enchantment of the Tony Grant winning creation is still intact.
“There were times when I observed a portion of the move numbers that Jon demonstrated me – he’s incredibly capable, he alters so quick – and there were times when I observed a portion of the move numbers, and I was simply bawling since I’ve never observed that onscreen that way,” Beatriz shared. “Such a significant number of us, such a large number of various types of us. Since that is the thing, we’re not a stone monument. We’re not only one individual, and we don’t originate from only one kind of spot. We don’t have only one kind of story. Furthermore, it’s extremely significant that we continue to investigate why we’ve forgotten such a significant number of the tales inside that world.”
In the Heights hits theaters June 18, 2021.