Upcoming Movie Musicals We Can’t Wait To Watch In Theaters

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Music is ringing in our ears! Get ready for Broadway on the silver screen as movie musicals gear up for their film premieres this year.

Since the premiere of The Jazz Singer in 1927, Hollywood movies have experimented with adapting musicals for the big screen. There have been endless stage-to-screen adaptations ranging from shows like Grease, Chicago, Mamma Mia!, and Cats

While COVID-19 dimmed Broadway lights in March of 2020, Hollywood hasn’t stopped producing movie musicals. In July of 2020, Disney+ dropped Lin Manuel Miranda’s, Tony-winning Hamilton. Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of the Broadway musical Prom had a limited release in movie theaters before its release on Netflix in December 2020.

Without further ado, here is a list of the best upcoming movie musicals we’re excited to watch in theaters and streaming services this year.

Upcoming movie musicals: In the Heights

Based on the stage musical created by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin Manuel Miranda and directed by Jon M. Chu, the movie follows a bodega owner in Washington Heights, New York City, who inherits his late grandmother’s lottery winnings. Planning to retire on a beach in the Dominican Republic, he doubts leaving when he must say goodbye to the people living on his block. The movie simultaneously tells the story of a community and their relationships with their identity, heritage, and each other.

Hamilton star Anthony Ramos leads the cast alongside Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, and Lin Manuel Miranda. The movie was initially set to release last summer, but Warner Bros. delayed the premiere due to the pandemic.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jon M. Chu shared his excitement about the project: “We’ve had a hard year but this movie has so much joy, so much passion, so much community and so much hope in it that it pours out in every frame.”

Movie watchers are awaiting its release, thrilled to finally see the musical come to life on-screen.

If the soundtrack is anything like the movie, we can’t wait!

Have you had your daily cry after watching the trailer? Just wait.

Others are ready to see themselves represented.

Representation on the big screen matters! It shows that we’re not alone.

We hope it gets awards too.

In the Heights will be released in movie theaters and on HBO Max on June 11, but we think this movie deserve a movie theater level sound experience!

Upcoming movie musicals: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Inspired by the 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows sixteen-year-old Jamie as he overcomes bullying and prejudice from his dreams of becoming a drag queen.

Jonathan Butterell makes his feature directorial debut in this film adaptation. The movie stars Max Harwood as Jamie,  Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, Sharon Horgan, and Richard E. Grant.

When the trailer first dropped in 2020, people conveyed their happiness about the timing of the adaptation.

While the film was supposed to be released in the theaters, Amazon Studios will now distribute it on their streaming service.

“I am thrilled that our film — the story of taking your place in the world with joy, pride, and acceptance — will be winging its way across the world with the Amazon Family,” Butterell told Variety. “Let’s come together to celebrate the glorious and fabulous uniqueness of each and every one of us.”

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be released on September 17, 2021, on Amazon Prime.

Upcoming movie musicals: Dear Evan Hansen

The Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen will make its way to theaters this fall. Ben Platt stars as Evan Hansen, a high school student with social anxiety disorder. When one of his letters gets mistaken for his classmate’s suicide note, Evan gets himself caught in a web of lies.

The cast list also includes celebs like Kaitlyn Denver, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Nik Dodani, Amandla Stenberg, and Colton Ryan. Directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower) and produced by Marc Platt (La La Land, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns) and Adam Siegel (2 Guns, Drive), the film centers on the need to belong amid the social-media age.

While Ben Platt originated the role on Broadway in 2017, he opened up about his nerves playing a 17-year-old boy at 27 years old in the film adaptation.

“I certainly was hesitant at the beginning,” Ben told Vanity Fair. “The legacy of the stage performance has really changed my life, and to jeopardize that legacy in any way is a very scary thing. But I think in the back of my mind, I always felt [that] I’m going to want to show this to my children one day, and I’m going to want this immortalized.”

As the trailer dropped on May 17, people who hadn’t seen the show were shocked about the musical’s plot.

However, many praised the creative team’s casting choices.

All we know is that we aren’t ready for the overcoming of emotions we’ll feel when we see it in theaters.

Dear Evan Hansen will be released in movie theaters on September 24, 2021.

Upcoming movie musicals: West Side Story

Steven Spielberg’s newest adaption, West Side Story, will make its way on the big screen in December. Starring newcomer Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort, the beloved musical follows two teenagers from different ethnic backgrounds and rival gangs who fall in love in 1950s New York City.

The new adaption comes after the original 1957 Broadway production and the 1960 film with Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and Rita Moreno. The 2021 cast also features Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, and Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the original film.

Like other blockbusters, the pandemic delayed its release date. When the first trailer dropped on the night of the Oscars, social media erupted in excitement for the movie’s release.

Even Rachel Zegler got in on the Twitter fun, explaining in detail her call with Steven Spielberg after seeing the trailer.

West Side Story will be released in movie theaters on December 10, 2021.

Upcoming movie musicals: Cinderella

Singer Camila Cabello takes on the role of a lovable princess in Columbia Picture’s movie musical Cinderella. Directed by Kay Cannon and produced by James Corden, the film joins an extensive list of Cinderella film adaptations.

While the plot still follows the original Cinderella tale, reports say that James Corden and Kay Cannon’s collaboration is a refreshing and modern take on the classic film.

Camilla stars alongside Idina Menzel, Nicholas Galitzine, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Maddie Baillio, and Charlotte Spencer. Both Camila and Idina penned original songs for the film.

Actor Billy Porter also joined the cast as Cinderella’s fairy godmother.

“We are presenting this character as genderless — at least that’s how I’m playing it. And it’s really powerful,” Billy told CBS News about his role. “It’s going to be a classic fairytale for a new generation.”

The film shared its first look on social media.

Fans shared their enthusiasm about the adaptation.

Cinderella is set to release on Amazon Prime in September 2021.

Upcoming movie musicals: Tick, Tick. . . Boom!

Lin Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut for the musical adaptation of Tick, Tick. . . Boom! Based on the semi-autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the film follows an aspiring theater composer who’s worried he made the wrong career choice.

The movie stars Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens, Bradley Whitford, Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Jordan Fisher, and Judith Light.

In 2014, Lin Manuel Miranda played the lead character of Jonathan in Encores! Off-Center Revival. Now, he will bring the musical to the big screen.

Andrew Garfield in a Lin Manuel Miranda movie? Sign us up!

Catch us streaming it when it drops.

How cute are these pictures from the Tick, Tick. . . Boom! set?

While there is no confirmation on the exact date of its release, Tick, Tick. . . Boom! will stream on Netflix near the end of 2021.

2021 is the year for movie musicals! Which films are you excited to see? Let us know in the comments!

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