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Why Hollywood’s banking on musicals like In the Heights to hit the right note post-Covid

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hotly-anticipated ‘In the Heights’ is just the first in a string of feelgood films set to woo weary post-pandemic cinema audiences

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'In the Heights' is set in the largely Dominican New York neighbourhood of Washington Heights

'In the Heights' is set in the largely Dominican New York neighbourhood of Washington Heights

'In the Heights' is an adaptation of a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

'In the Heights' is an adaptation of a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Camila Cabello stars in the upcoming musical version of 'Cinderella'

Camila Cabello stars in the upcoming musical version of 'Cinderella'

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'In the Heights' is set in the largely Dominican New York neighbourhood of Washington Heights

When gaunt punters streamed into American cinemas in the early 1930s, they needed distracting from the awful hardships imposed by the Great Depression.

They found it in the gloriously excessive dance routines of Busby Berkeley, and in the magical musicals of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Films like Top Hat and Flying Down to Rio offered a glorious escape from food lines and mass unemployment.

Might musicals be just the ticket for the post-Covid moviegoer? The genre is experiencing a big revival at the moment and American critics are very excited about the imminent arrival of In the Heights, an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical.


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