Movies are great, right? Comedies lift your spirits. Romances melt your heart. Crime dramas make you question everything. And sci-fi movies help you dream of a life outside of this universe. But if you want our opinion (not that you asked for it), there’s nothing quite like a movie musical. These movies mix singing, dancing, and a whole load of emotions into one toe-tapping adventure. And we just can’t get enough.
Thankfully, it seems as though we’re not alone in that thought process. Over the past few years, movie musicals have seen a resurgence in their popularity – although the jury is still out on Cats. And it seems as though the world is going to be blessed with even more movie musicals in the coming years. And we think it’s fair to say that Lin-Manuel Miranda has a lot to do with it… He’s everywhere.
Dear Evan Hansen
You probably don’t need us to tell you that Ben Platt is a legend of the musical world. Although many know him for his magical role in Pitch Perfect, musical lovers everywhere have always known him as the star of Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen. He donned his stripy shirt and arm cast on the stage from 2015 until 2017, and it seems as though he loved this role so much he’s now taking it to the screen!
Yes, the Dear Evan Hansen movie will be making its way to movie theaters around the globe in September 2021 – and we’re pretty excited. The movie is actually being produced by Ben’s father, Marc Platt, and will feature an all-star cast working alongside the iconic actor. We’ll see the likes of Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, and Kaitlyn Dever fit themselves into this emotional story, and we have a feeling that it’s going to be a smash hit.
In the Heights
We’ve all been waiting for this one. The In the Heights movie musical was meant to be released back in June 2020, but as movie theaters across the globe closed their doors due to the ongoing pandemic, the release date was pushed back. We now have a new date to look forward to, and this Lin-Manuel Miranda creation is due to hit the big screen in June 2021. Can we wait? Barely.
Fans of Miranda will know that In the Heights allowed him his first taste of the limelight – before Hamilton took over the world – and it’s a project he’s very attached to. The culture and the diversity of the musical and the movie adaptation have also been praised by fans. The 2021 release will see Lin take on a small role while leaving room for the likes of Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Stephanie Beatriz, and Dascha Polanco to shine.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
After making its debut on the West End in 2017, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has blown up. Based on a BBC documentary about a 16-year-old teenager who dreams of being a drag queen, the all-singing and all-dancing musical sparked conversations and left people crying, laughing, and feeling as though their hearts were full of love. And now, that musical is making its way to a theater near you.
Although the movie did have a release date of October 2020, it’s now been pushed back multiple times – and actually no longer has a release date. So, we’re not sure when we’ll get to watch Jamie put on his sparkly red heels, but we are certainly looking forward to it. Especially as this movie will offer new and upcoming actors and actresses the chance to strut their stuff. Who knows, they could be the next big star of the screen.
Tick, Tick… Boom!
Yep, we’ve got another Lin-Manuel Miranda production. In fact, the upcoming movie musical adaptation of Tick, Tick… Boom! will see this musical legend make his feature directorial debut. And he’s got a pretty good cast to help him make this musical a success. We’re talking about Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, and more.
This amazing story of an aspiring composer wrapped up filming back in late 2020, but at the moment, there’s no release date as of yet. However, with such big names behind it, we have no doubt that musical fans will come flocking in the thousands when it is finally released sometime in 2021.
We know what you’re thinking; we already have a Matilda movie, right? And while nothing will ever compare to Mara Wilson and Danny DeVito in the 1996 film, it’s fair to say that the upcoming musical will offer something a little different. That’s because it will be more based around the musical adaptation that hit the West End and Broadway back in 2011 and 2013 than on the movie we all know and love.
The rights to the movie musical were picked up by Netflix a few years ago, and since then, the cast lineup has been announced – and it’s a good’un. Newcomer Alisha Weir will become Matilda, Lashana Lynch will take on the role of Miss Honey, and the wonderful Emma Thompson will step into the clomping shoes of Miss Trunchball. Filming is set to start in Spring 2021, so we can expect a little wait before seeing the end result.