Washington Heights Musical

The film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical, In the Heights, originally scheduled for theatrical release in June 2020, debuts today, June 11, simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters. Tonight, season two of Betty also debuts on HBO Max and HBO.

The setting of In the Heights is Manhattan’s Washington Heights. Bodega owner Usnavi (In Treatment’s Anthony Ramos), who is dating beauty salon employee Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), dreams of opening a bar in his home country of the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina (Leslie Grace) loves Benny (Corey Hawkins), who also works for Nina’s parents’ car service. Nina’s father Kevin (Jimmy Smits) opposes their union. In fact, Kevin is prepared to sell his business so Nina can finish her degree at Stanford University.

The cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway production, along with Olga Merediz, Stephanie Beatriz, Cuca, Marc Anthony and Noah Catala.

Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) directed the screen version of In the Heights. Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote the screenplay, based on her book for the musical.

In addition to four Tonys – Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations – the Broadway production won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Betty, Season Two

Betty, a show following five young women as they make their way in New York City’s male-dominated skateboarding scene, debuts a six-episode second season Friday, June 11 at 11 pm ET on both HBO and HBO Max.

Throughout the course of the show, the five protagonists – Kirt (Nina Moran), Janay (Dede Lovelace), Kabrina Adams (Honeybear), Camille (Rachelle Vinberg) and Indigo (Ajani Russell) – take on adult challenges while adjusting to pandemic life.

The cast also includes Katerina Tannenbaum, Andrew Darnell, Lil’ Dre, Chef Roblé Ali, Rad Pereira and  Isabel Palma.

HBO Max costs $14.99 a month. For more, visit HBOMax.com.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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