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Gregory Diaz IV Stars In New 'In The Heights' Trailers - Watch Now!

Gregory Diaz IV Stars In New 'In The Heights' Trailers - Watch Now!

Gregory Diaz IV is making a splash in two brand new trailers for his upcoming movie musical In The Heights!

The 15-year-old stars as Sonny in the film, which is the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Tony-award winning Broadway musical.

Here’s a synopsis: Lights up on Washington Heights, a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi, who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

Also starring the film include Anthony Ramos in the lead role of Usnavi, Corey Hawkins as Benny, Leslie Grace as Nina, Melissa Barrera as Vanessa, Olga Merediz as Abuela Claudia, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Daniela, Stephanie Beatriz as Carla, Dascha Polanco as Cuca and Jimmy Smits as Kevin Rosario. Ariana Greenblatt is also in the movie as Young Nina, as well as Lin-Manuel as the Piragua Guy and Christopher Jackson.

In The Heights will be out in theaters and on HBO Max (for 31 days) on June 18th!


‘In The Heights’ – Washington Heights Trailer


‘In The Heights’ – Powerful Trailer

Composer Alan Menken Reveals There's Rapping In Upcoming Live Action 'The Little Mermaid'

Composer Alan Menken Reveals There's Rapping In Upcoming Live Action 'The Little Mermaid'

Alan Menken is opening up about the upcoming live action The Little Mermaid movie!

If you didn’t know, the 71-year-old songwriter and composer co-wrote the music for the original animated Disney film, and he wrote four new original songs with Lin-Manuel Miranda for the new version.

“There is some rapping in it and I really can’t take much credit for the rap aspect of it,” he said on the UK-based arts and theatre podcast eleven. “Yeah, there’s some rapping in it, there’s some very Menken songs, there’s some very Miranda songs. But it’s all the blend of Menken-Miranda.”

“I love him, I love working with him,” he continued. “I’m glad we had the opportunity to do that and he’s also a producer on the movie but Lin juggles a lot of things, as I do, so we will have occasional contact. Right now it’s in the hands of the amazing [director] Rob Marshall and as we speak they are in London right now filming.”

Alan also gushed over star Halle Bailey, who’s taking on the role of Ariel.

“Oh my gosh, she is adorable and so talented. I met Halle at the recording sessions,” he said. “I did have to be educated in terms of what she and her sister do together, which is incredible. She is an amazing talent, a beautiful girl, and I got to meet her family.”

Last summer, Lin also gushed over Halle and what it was like working with Alan.

If you missed it, find out who recently joined the cast!

Isabela Merced, CNCO & More Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 'Feliz Navidad' With First Ever Music Video

Isabela Merced, CNCO & More Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 'Feliz Navidad' With First Ever Music Video

The first ever music video for “Feliz Navidad” was released on Christmas Eve (December 24)!

The new video marks the 50th anniversary of the famous song by José Feliciano, and features a lot of famous faces.

“Feliz Navidad! Thanks to all of the incredible artists and performers and especially the FANS for making this anniversary so special!” José wrote in the video description for the song.

Lending their voices to the newly reimagined, re-recording include Isabela Merced, CNCO, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jason Mraz, Jencarlos Canela, Adam Irigoyen, Rachael Ray, Shaggy, Jon Secada and of course José Feliciano himself.

Also in the video are Gloria Gaynor, Big & Rich, Michael Bolton, Los Temerarios, Emmanuel, Isabella Castillo, Pitingo, Patricia Manterola, Jesus Molina, La India, Julio Iglesias Jr., Tony Carreira, Bertin Osborne, Pablo Montero, El Dasa, Nikki Vianna, Gord Bamford, Leo Dan, Frankie J, Sam Moore, and Styx.

If you missed it, Isabela and CNCO are both nominated in the 2020 Just Jared Jr Fan Awards for Favorite Young Female Music Star and Favorite Music Group/Duo.

At the time of this post, CNCO is dominating the lead in their category. Be sure to cast your votes now!


José Feliciano – Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary

Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Halle Bailey Will Be 'Incredible' In 'The Little Mermaid'

Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Halle Bailey Will Be 'Incredible' In 'The Little Mermaid'

Lin-Manuel Miranda is singing high praises for Halle Bailey in The Little Mermaid!

If you didn’t know, the Hamilton creator is actually involved in the movie – he’s co-writing four new songs with composer Alan Menken.

In a recent interview, Lin-Manuel opened up about Halle, who will of course be playing the lead role, Ariel.

Halle Bailey is going to be such an incredible Ariel,” he told ET‘s Keltie Knight. “And getting to write music for these characters that are probably the reason I started writing musicals in the first place, it was actually easier than I thought.”

“But the hardest part was my own intimidation working with Alan Menken and that was entirely self-imposed,” Lin-Manuel added. “But when it came to how these characters speak and what they say, I’ve known that all my life. So that was a joy.”

Halle previously spoke out about how The Little Mermaid was supposed to begin filming right as the pandemic hit.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Criticism of 'Hamilton' Not Addressing Slavery

Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Criticism of 'Hamilton' Not Addressing Slavery

Lin-Manuel Miranda Shares What Was Cut From 'Hamilton' For Disney+

Lin-Manuel Miranda Shares What Was Cut From 'Hamilton' For Disney+

Tom Felton & Lin-Manuel Miranda Bond Over 'Hamilton' & 'Harry Potter'

Tom Felton & Lin-Manuel Miranda Bond Over 'Hamilton' & 'Harry Potter'

Tom Felton and Lin-Manuel Miranda are totally bonding over “Hamilton” and Harry Potter!

The Harry Potter star and the creator of Broadway’s “Hamilton” took to Twitter on Friday (September 13) to connect.

“My new favourite show. I’ve never seen or heard anything quite like it. Bravo 👏🏼 @HamiltonMusical @Lin_Manuel,” Tom wrote, adding, “If you Let me play King George I can probably work my magic & get you into Slytherin #youllbeback #whatcomesnext #iknowhim #22 @HamiltonMusical.”

“Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat let’s go 🐍🐍,” Lin-Manuel replied.

“Can get you into Hogwarts,” Tom responded. “I know peeps.”

See more of their exchange below!

“I KNEW YOU’D GET IT,” Lin-Manuel Miranda then tweeted along with a Harry Potter GIF, to which Tom Felton replied on Instagram, “Yaaas i got it @hamiltonmusical #linmanuelmiranda #KingGeorge.”

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