Lambcast #589 In the Heights

by Richard Kirkham · June 22, 2021 · Featured, LAMBcast · No Comments

This week’s show is an all singing, all dancing revue, which finds Richard and his guests pirouetting on the side of a building, poppin’ on the stairwell, and doing donuts in the community pool. All of this filmed in brilliant lighting and clever camera movements. OK, that’s not really happening, but we do get to talk about all of those things on the podcast.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway phenomena “Hamilton”, had his first big success on the Great White Way, with a show that is maybe the antithesis of that nickname. “In the Heights” won the Tony Award for Best Musical years before “Hamilton”, and it has been winding it’s way into movie theaters through an arduous decades long process. It’s finally here and we have opinions.

Rachel Wagner, Howard Casner and Thomas Stoneham-Judge are cast in their roles without regard to class, culture or representation, but rather with an eye to the screen. Did they like what they saw? What about the accusation of “colorism” that has been thrown at the film makers? Can Howard actually two-step? These and other mysteries come up as we talk about the film.

The Director of the film is Jon Chu, who made “Crazy Rich Asians” and a couple of the “Step Up” movies. He does his best Busby Berkley impression during what should be the show stopper moment, 96,000. Everyone seems to like it, but does it work?


Discussion 2:50

Spoiler Talk 38:50

Colorism Controversy 59:50

Lambscores 1:12:00

Rants/Raves/Reviews 1:14:45

Plugs 1:26:04

Rachel   Rachel’s Reviews   

Howard   Pop Art   

Thomas   ForReel Movie News and Reviews   

Richard   80s Nostalgia Central   

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