Hollywood loves a musical, and here are nine headed to your screens big and small over the next 12 months.
It’s time to sing and dance, because Hollywood is in musical mayhem mode. There’s an abundance of films headed our way in the next 12 months, but the one genre that seems to be taking the lead? Musicals. There’s at least nine new musical films being released over the next year, some original and some adapted from stage. Whilst a handful are going straight to streaming services, it truly seems like the musical is having a moment – and what better way to celebrate togetherness than with a big opening number?
A handy guide to the musicals headed you way below, subject to any further date changes. Which ones are you looking forward to most?
In The Heights
Releasing 18th June 2021 in cinemas
In the Heights is set in the titular Latinx community of New York City’s bustling Washington Heights. When the neighbourhood’s charismatic local bodega owner, and the pic’s humble narrator, finally decides to fulfill his dream of going to the island his parents called home, his departure will change his beloved block forever.’ The film stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera , Olga Merediz , Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco and Jimmy Smits.
Premiering at Cannes Film Festival in July, MUBI UK will be releasing the film theatrically on the 3rd September.
A stand-up comedian and his opera singer wife have a 2 year old daughter with a surprising gift.
Releasing 10th September 2021 in cinemas
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Releasing 17th September 2021 on Amazon Prime Video
Inspired by true events, Twentieth Century Studios’, New Regency’s and Film4’s “Everybody’s Talking about Jamie” is the film adaptation of the hit musical. Jamie New is 16 and doesn’t quite fit in — instead of pursuing a “real” career he dreams of becoming a drag queen. Uncertain about his future, Jamie knows one thing for sure: he is going to be a sensation. Supported by his loving mom and his amazing friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
Releasing September 2021 on Amazon Prime Video
A modern musical version of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella”.
Dear Evan Hansen
Releasing 22nd October 2021 in cinemas
The breathtaking, generation-defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Wonder), the film is written for the screen by the show’s Tony winner Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by the show’s Oscar®, Grammy and Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman).
West Side Story
Releasing 10th December 2021 in cinemas
An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
Tick, Tick… Boom!
Releasing in 2021 on Netflix
Set in 1990, tick, tick…BOOM! tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia – which he hopes will be the next great American musical and finally give him his big break. Jon is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for Jon’s career aspirations. Meanwhile, his best friend and roommate Michael, has given up on his creative aspirations for a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is about to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with anxiety – wondering if his dream is worth the cost.
Releasing 14th January 2022
An upcoming American-British musical drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Erica Schmidt, based on Schmidt’s 2018 stage musical of the same name, itself based on the 1897 Edmond Rostand play Cyrano de Bergerac.
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