IN THE HEIGHTS and other exciting musicals to enjoy on HBO Max

Posted on 2021-08-09

One of the most exciting and highly anticipated musicals of recent months is now available on HBO Max: IN THE HEIGHTS. This film, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Jon M. Chu, invites us to meet a group of neighbors of latin origins who live in the Washington Heights neighborhood, New York, and who, full of dreams and hopes, live their daily lives to the rhythm of salsa, merengue and a little hip-hop. 

Check out other great stories that have been told with great musical sounds that you can enjoy on HBO Max. Titles ranging from the most popular movie classics to lively and exciting contemporary stories that pay homage to rock and its most iconic stadium anthems. 

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1592)

  • Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. Musician Don Lockwood rises to stardom in the silent film era of Hollywood, paired with the beautiful, jealous and ditzy Lina Lamont. When Lockwood is attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden, Lamont gets her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lamont speak for the first time, and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice. Set during the advent of "talkies," this film's classic song and dance numbers celebrate the beginning of movie musicals. 

FAME (1980)

  • Amidst the pressures of New York City, a group of talented High School of the Arts students strive to escape a life of urban poverty, perfect the art they practice, achieve success in the entertainment industry and fulfill their ultimate goal: to achieve FAME.

CATS (1998)

  • With a stellar cast that includes Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, and Idris Elba, Oscar® winner Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) brings to the screen this modern adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical about a tribe of cats vying to ascend to a new life.What happened to cats? never mind - include it and send that one without a photo. Or else ask james to see if he has/finds one. 

ROCK OF AGES (2012)

  • Hollywood, 1987. A country girl and a shy city boy try to make it big in a wild world of rock, sex and drugs. This adaptation of the Broadway musical stars Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise and other big Hollywood stars. 

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (2019)

  • An entertaining story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to uplift the human spirit. The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teenager of Pakistani origin growing up in Luton, England in 1987. In the midst of a racial and economic crisis, he writes poetry to escape the intolerance of his town and his traditional father's lack of flexibility. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed realizes the enormous parallels between his working-class life and the powerful lyrics of "The Boss." As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own repressed dreams, he begins to find the courage to express himself in his own voice.

MY HEART GOES BOOM! (2020)

  • This is the story of Maria, a young and funny dancer, who in the early 70's, escapes from her wedding in Italy and returns to Spain to be herself, yearning for freedom. At that time, Spain was marked by rigidity and censorship, especially on television. With her we will discover how even the most difficult of dreams can become reality. The songs of the Italian queen, Raffaella Carrá, are the soundtrack of this musical film that impregnates the fictionalized story with color through her best songs.