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Greenlit: Alanis Morissette Jukebox Musical ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Is Seeking Actors + More Projects in the News

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Jagged Little Pill”Following its world premiere in Boston during the summer, the Alanis Morissette jukebox musical “Jagged Little Pill” is putting on a developmental lab in December and is currently casting. The musical has been rumored to be transferring to Broadway, though there has been no official announcement yet. The casting call is seeking singers who dance well of all gender identities and auditions will be held in New York City on Nov. 4. You can apply directly at Backstage here! “In the Heights”Lights up in Washington Heights! Straight off the news that “Hamilton” alum Anthony Ramos will star as Usnavi in the upcoming movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ musical “In the Heights,
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In the Heights Movie: Anthony Ramos in Talks to Star

Kayti Burt Oct 11, 2018

The actor was in the original cast of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's other Tony-winning musical.

The In the Heights movie may have found its Usnavi. According to Variety, Hamilton star Anthony Ramos is "in talks" to star in the feature film adaptation of the 2008 musical from Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda (with a book from Quiara Alegría Hudes).

Ramos played Philip Hamilton and John Laurens in the original cast of Miranda's Hamilton, the blockbuster Broadway muscial based on the life of Alexander Hamilton that Miranda wrote following his success with In the Heights, which also won the Tony for Best Musical. Ramos has also appeared as Mars Blackmon in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It, as Manny Ortega in Sundance standout Monsters and Men, and is set to appear in Legendary Godzilla: King of Monsters.

Here's the official synopsis for the In the Heights film adaptation:

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Anthony Ramos Set to Star in Warner Bros Adaptation of Broadway Hit ‘In the Heights’

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Anthony Ramos Set to Star in Warner Bros Adaptation of Broadway Hit ‘In the Heights’
Anthony Ramos has landed the lead role in Warner Bros. big-screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights.”

Ramos, having just appeared in “A Star is Born,” previously played the lead role of Unsavi in a production of “In the Heights” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, who is helming this project as well, tweeted that Ramos was his dream casting.

The musical, created by Lin Manuel-Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, follows a bodega owner in the New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

Also Read: Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In The Heights' Set for Summer 2020 Release

The Broadway production of “In The Heights” won the Tony for Best Musical and Best Original Score, as well as a
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Anthony Ramos In Talks To Star In ‘In The Heights’ Movie

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Anthony Ramos In Talks To Star In ‘In The Heights’ Movie
Anthony Ramos, part of the original cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, is in negotiations to star in In the Heights, Warner Bros’ adaptation of Miranda’s other Tony-winning musical. Deadline has confirmed the talks, which if they pan out would see Ramos play Usnavi, the bodega owner at the center of the action in the Washington Heights-set musical. Miranda was nominated for a Tony for the role.

The musical won four Tonys in 2008 including for Best Musical, for Quiara Alegría Hudes’ book, and for Miranda’s lyrics. In the original storyline, Usnavi strikes it rich and plans to leave, until the pull of the neighborhood and the people in it give him pause. Synopsis of In The Heights movie: Residents of largely Latino Upper Manhattan neighborhood Washington Heights – a bodega owner, a college student, a taxi driver, a beauty salon worker, and an old woman – aspire to better lives
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‘A Star Is Born’s Anthony Ramos to Star in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’

Fresh off playing Lady Gaga's supportive best friend in A Star Is Born, Anthony Ramos has been cast in the starring role of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights, according to Variety. The film—based on the Tony-winning musical with music and lyrics by Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes—has Crazy Rich Asians helmer Jon M. Chu onboard to direct a script by Hudes. Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders are co-producers on the Warner Bros. project. The connection between Ramos and Miranda is a time-tested one. Ramos originated …
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Anthony Ramos to Star in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Movie (Exclusive)

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Anthony Ramos to Star in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Movie (Exclusive)
Anthony Ramos, the “Hamilton” alum who recently appeared alongside Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born,” has found his next project.

Sources tell Variety that Ramos is in talks to re-team with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in the film adaptation of the 2005 Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who is closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. Quiara Alegría Hudes penning the script. “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon M. Chu is on board to direct, while Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders will produce.

Warner Bros. won the bidding war this May for the movie version of “In the Heights,” which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical. It had previously been set up at the Weinstein Company but was extricated
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‘The Current War,’ ‘Polaroid’ Get Overseas Distribution in Lantern Entertainment Partnership With 13 Films

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Lantern Entertainment is unloading more of the unreleased finished films it scooped up when it acquired the now-defunct The Weinstein Co.

Lantern Entertainment said on Monday that it has partnered with international film distribution and financing company 13 Films to release the buzzy “The Current War” and horror flick “Polaroid” overseas.

The company did not specify what the plan would be for the two films’ domestic releases.

Also Read: Lantern Finally Owns The Weinstein Company's Remains - Now What?

The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, and “Polaroid” are the last two unreleased films in Lantern’s library. STXFilms acquired global rights to the studio’s Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston film “The Upside,” and “Hotel Mumbai” landed at Bleecker Street after the film’s producers bought back the rights.

The Current War” was the talk of the Toronto International Film Festival last year and was initially
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Just How Many Projects Does Lin-Manuel Miranda Have on His Full Plate?

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Just How Many Projects Does Lin-Manuel Miranda Have on His Full Plate?
Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda may currently be the hardest-working and in-demand man in Hollywood. How many TV and film projects does he currently have in the works? Let’s see:

1) On Friday Miranda was announced as part of the cast, along with James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson, in the BBC’s upcoming series “His Dark Materials,” based on the bestselling fantasy novels by British author Philip Pullman.

2) Just three days before, it was announced Miranda would be executive producing an FX limited series based on the life of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams attached as the leads.

3) Last week, Variety reported he would be making his feature directorial debut with “Tick, Tick… Boom,” based on the 2014 stage production about “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson.

4) Audiences will see him star opposite Emily Blunt in another Disney feature, the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns,” bowing just in time for Christmas on Dec.
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‘Hamilton’ Performance Reportedly Sparks Studio Movie Rights Bidding War

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Hollywood studios are bidding for the movie rights to a recorded version of a live performance of the smash hit musical “Hamilton,” with the price as much as $50 million, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal, citing two unnamed people with knowledge of the deal talks, said Tuesday that the sellers are asking that the recording not play in theaters or stream until 2020 or 2021. The recording at the center of the bidding war was made in 2016, shortly before Lin-Manuel Miranda departed from the cast.

The play was inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography “Alexander Hamilton” with Miranda writing the music, lyrics, and book. Miranda mixed hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, and show tunes to create a blockbuster production that debuted on Broadway in 2015 and received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11 along with the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Miranda has
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Lantern Finally Owns The Weinstein Company’s Remains – Now What?

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The Weinstein Co. is no more. Last week, the production studio finalized its deal to sell to Lantern Entertainment, handing over the keys to its indie kingdom, including a slate of unreleased films and a handful of employees.

But following more than 30 years worth of accusations of sexual harassment and assault against former boss Harvey Weinstein, from a multitude of women, the company swiftly atrophied into a shell of its former self.

So what did Lantern exactly get out of its purchase?

The company paid $289 million to acquire TWC and its assets out of bankruptcy. It walked away with three unreleased films after haggling with filmmakers and producers over the rights to some of the projects, and a whole lot more.

Also Read: Weinstein Co $289 Million Sale to Lantern Closes

The Upside,” a remake of the 2011 French drama “The Intouchables,” starring Brian Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman is arguably
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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Make Directorial Debut With ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Make Directorial Debut With ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’
Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his feature film directorial debut with “Tick, Tick…Boom!” for Imagine Entertainment.

The movie will be based on the autobiographical musical by “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson. “Tick, Tick… Boom!” tells the story of an aspiring composer in New York City who is worried he made the wrong career choice. Larson first performed the piece as a solo work in 1990. After his death in 1996, playwright David Auburn revised the musical and premiered it Off-Broadway in 2001.

Miranda, who starred in a 2014 stage production of “Tick, Tick…Boom!,” will also produce the film, alongside Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Imagine’s Julie Oh. Playwright and TV writer Steven Levenson will write the screen adaptation.

“Jonathan Larson’s captivating storytelling in ‘Rent’ first taught me that musicals could be contemporary, true to life, and depict your own experiences,” Miranda said. “But it was ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’ that solidified
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Imagine Sets Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Helming Debut: ‘Rent’ Creator Jonathan Larson’s ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’; ‘Evan Hansen’s Steven Levenson Scripting

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Imagine Sets Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Helming Debut: ‘Rent’ Creator Jonathan Larson’s ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’; ‘Evan Hansen’s Steven Levenson Scripting
Exclusive: In what shapes up as a stage-to-film transfer with iconic Broadway talent, Imagine Entertainment has set Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to make his feature directorial debut on Tick, Tick…Boom! That is based on the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the late playwright behind the smash musical Rent. The Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen book writer Steven Levenson is aboard to write the screen adaptation. Miranda will produce alongside Imagine chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, along with Imagine’s Julie Oh. Larson’s sister Julie will be executive producer.

Miranda once starred in the off-Broadway production of Tick, Tick…Boom! While he has been enjoying the results of his groundbreaking 11-Tony-winning musical Hamilton and moving his career forward, this is the second project that taps into his formative stages to be set as a major movie musical. Miranda developed his first musical, In the Heights, while at Wesleyan University
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Weinstein Co. Buyer Lantern Entertainment Gives Up Rights to ‘Hotel Mumbai’

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Weinstein Co. Buyer Lantern Entertainment Gives Up Rights to ‘Hotel Mumbai’
After haggling with The Weinstein Co. in bankruptcy court over distribution rights, the producers of “Hotel Mumbai” are finally free to take the fact-based thriller to another studio.

According to court documents filed on Friday, Lantern Entertainment, which bought TWC out of bankruptcy for $310 million in May, has agreed to relinquish distribution rights to the film, acquired in the sale.

The film was listed as a “top title” in Lantern’s sale agreement.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Sets Summer 2020 Release

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Sets Summer 2020 Release
Warner Bros. has set a June 26, 2020 release date for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “In the Heights,” which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical.

Warner Bros. won a bidding war for the project on May 17. The project had previously been set up at the Weinstein Company in 2016, but was extricated from TWC last fall after the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal broke open. “In the Heights” is produced by Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders.

In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The project has “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu attached, along with the musical’s book writer and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes.

In the Heights” had been set at Universal with Kenny Ortega attached to direct and Miranda
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Warner Bros. Will Launch ‘In The Heights’ As 2020 Summer Event Pic

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Warner Bros. Will Launch ‘In The Heights’ As 2020 Summer Event Pic
After winning the films rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Tony-winning musical In the Heights in a heated auction for $50M, Warner Bros. has set a date for the feature adaptation directed by Jon M. Chu of June 26, 2020 in what will be positioned as a mass-appealing family musical prime for four-quad audiences.

At this point no cast is set, but Miranda is producing with the pic being adapted off Hudes’ script and Miranda’s music and lyrics. A decade ago, Miranda starred in the four-Tony-winning Broadway musical in which he played a bodega owner in Washington Heights who strikes it rich and plans to leave, until the pull of the neighborhood and the people in it give him pause. Miranda followed that up by creating Hamilton.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In The Heights’ Set for Summer 2020 Release

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Warner Bros. announced on Thursday that it will release the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical “In The Heights” on June 26, 2020.

The announcement comes two weeks after Warner Bros. won an intense bidding war to pick up the rights to the musical after Miranda reclaimed them from The Weinstein Company in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the studio’s bankruptcy.

The rights were originally picked up by Universal, but were dropped in 2011 after the studio was reportedly reluctant to produce the film at a $37 million budget. They were then passed to TWC with plans to make the film on a $15 million budget. But after news broke of Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and assault and TWC fell into financial collapse, the rights went back to Miranda and co-creator Quiara Alegría Hudes.

Also Read: Warner Bros Wins 'In the Heights' Movie Rights Auction

Now,
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2018 Drama Desk Awards winners: Full list led by ‘SpongeBob Square Pants,’ ‘Angels in America,’ ‘Carousel”

2018 Drama Desk Awards winners: Full list led by ‘SpongeBob Square Pants,’ ‘Angels in America,’ ‘Carousel”
Winners of the 63rd annual Drama Desk Awards were revealed on June 3 during a ceremony at the Town Hall in midtown Manhattan that was hosted once again by Michael Urie. As with the Outer Critics Circle Awards, these kudos also consider both Broadway and off-Broadway fare. To that end, the Broadway production of “The Band’s Visit” was ineligible, save for its sound design which was deemed to be new and won with these voters.

See 2018 Tony Awards nominations push Broadway to best season ever for attendance and grosses

Plays

Best Play

X – Admissions, by Joshua Harmon

Mary Jane, by Amy Herzog

Miles for Mary, by The Mad Ones

People, Places & Things, by Duncan Macmillan

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, by Jocelyn Bioh

Best Revival of a Play

X – Angels in America

Hindle Wakes

In the Blood

Three Tall Women

Travesties

Best Director of a Play

Marianne Elliott,
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‘In the Heights’: Warner Bros. Wins Movie Rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Musical

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‘In the Heights’: Warner Bros. Wins Movie Rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Musical
Warner Bros. has won the bidding war over several other studios for the movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “In the Heights,” which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical.

The project had been set up at the Weinstein Company in 2016 but was extricated from TWC last fall after the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal broke open. “In the Heights” is produced by Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders.

In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The project has “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu attached along with the musical’s book writer and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes. Endeavor Content represented the property and brokered the deal.

In the Heights” had been set at Universal with Kenny Ortega attached
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Warner Bros Wins ‘In the Heights’ Movie Rights Auction

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Warner Bros. has won the movie rights auction for Lin Manuel-Miranda’s “In the Heights,” multiple insiders with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The property has been the subject of a hot auction after it was extracted from The Weinstein Company ahead of its bankruptcy.

Last month, Lin Manuel-Miranda and “In the Heights” co-creator Quiara Alegría Hudes regained control of movie rights to the Tony Award-winning musical, in the aftermath of The Weinstein Company’s downfall, an insider with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Also Read: Lin Manuel-Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes Wrestle 'In The Heights' Movie Rights Back From TWC

Deadline originally reported that the underlying rights to “In the Heights” reverted back to Miranda and Hudes before TWC filed for bankruptcy since the film had not yet gone into production.

After the accusations of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual assault and harassment, Miranda and Hudes demanded the rights back.
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‘In The Heights’: Warner Bros Closing $50M Deal For Movie Rights After Hot Auction

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‘In The Heights’: Warner Bros Closing $50M Deal For Movie Rights After Hot Auction
Exclusive: Warner Bros is closing a $50 million deal to score film rights to In the Heights, the Tony-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes. The property been the subject of a hot auction after it was extracted from the The Weinstein Company ahead of its bankruptcy.

Bidders for the project — pitched directly by Jon M. Chu who is directing the movie and also helmed Warners’ upcoming Crazy Rich Asians, the musical’s book writer and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes, and with Miranda joining by phone — included Fox, Paramount, Sony, Disney, Netflix and Apple. Warner Bros’ winning bid includes giving first-dollar gross for the filmmaking team.

Endeavor Content repped the property and brokered the deal. Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs and Scott Sanders are producers.

In the auction that went down the first week of May, studios got an early look at Hudes’ script, and they involved their marketing departments
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