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Jon M. Chu on Filming ‘In The Heights’ Next to ‘West Side Story': ‘Can You Move Your Catering Truck?’
Both musicals shot in the summer of 2019 in New York

Beatrice Verhoeven

When Jon M. Chu stepped outside to film “In the Heights” on the streets of Washington Heights, New York, he found another certain movie filming on the same streets: Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” happened to film at the same time, in the summer of 2019, and at the same place as “In the Heights.”

“We were right there in each other’s back some days,” Chu told TheWrap. “There was one day where their catering truck was literally in our shot and we had to go over there and be like, ‘Can you move your catering truck that way, guys, please?'”
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‘In the Heights’ is an award-winning hit. Its predecessor, ‘West Side Story,’ shocked audiences.

Marisa Iati

Excitement greeted “In the Heights,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s dynamic paean to the Latin American communities of New York City’s Washington Heights, when it launched on Broadway in 2008. The New York Daily News proclaimed that “Latinos are back on Broadway.” The show garnered 13 Tony nominations and four wins.

When the movie version premiered this week, hundreds of people gathered outside the United Palace theater to try to glimpse the film’s young stars.

But “West Side Story,” a direct predecessor to “In the Heights” for its similar focus on Latinos in New York, was greeted much less warmly when it began its own Broadway run in 1957. Audiences and critics alike were discomfited by the violence and juvenile delinquency portrayed in that musical, an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” that trades rival families for warring street gangs — one Puerto Rican and another White. (A new movie version of “West Side Story” directed by Steven Spielberg is set to be released in December.)

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14 musicals to stream while you wait for ‘In the Heights’

Bethonie Butler

If you love Broadway musicals, this is a week to celebrate: “In the Heights,” the Broadway smash from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes arrives on the big screen (and HBO Max) Friday in an adaptation directed by Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”).

As Miranda recently told The Washington Post, it’s been a long time coming. “I am finally getting to see the movie of this thing that really began because I desperately wanted a life in this business and didn’t see the roles for me,” he said.
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Broadway: Ivo Van Hove’s Dreadful “West Side Story” May Be Returning Despite a Panning by the Times And Picket Lines Out Front Protesting a MeToo’d Actor

by Roger Friedman

I was going to report that Ivo Van Hove’s dreadful, panned version of “West Side Story” doesn’t appear to be coming back.

Announced as an open end run, when the controversial staging opened on February 20, 2020 — after 77 previews — the New York Times’s negative review carried a closing notice for June 2, 2020. There is no other indication anywhere that producer Scott Rudin and his financier, Barry Diller, were closing the show that soon.

But now with Rudin’s temporary but indefinite exile from producing, and Broadway revving up for the fall and winter, “West Side Story” with its video visuals and ugly dancing has gone AWOL. Its star, Isaac Cole Powell, has become a Calvin Klein underwear model.
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Mike Faist Isn’t Sure About This Whole Acting Thing
“I can’t tell if I hate acting or if I love it too much,” he said ahead of the debut of the Amazon series “Panic.” Coming soon, a major role in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” For now, he’s going to Ohio.

By Elisabeth Vincentelli

Tall and lanky, looking as if he were born wearing Wranglers, Mike Faist cuts quite a striking figure in the Amazon Prime series “Panic”: His character, Dodge Mason, is a Stetson-wearing rodeo dude who breaks untamed horses, then soulfully gazes into their eyes.

That, however, is not at all how the character was written in the Lauren Oliver young adult novel that inspired the show, debuting Friday, in which Dodge and a dozen other small-town teenagers face off in a series of life-threatening challenges — think a naturalistic “Hunger Games” with more class war.
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