Jimmy Smits Shares Significance of ‘In the Heights’ In Theaters


Movies have returned to the theater post-pandemic and just in time for the release of In the Heights! Watch back Ryan Seacrest's interview with actor Jimmy Smits in the video above.

In the Heights, a musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda following the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, tells the story of a largely Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.

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"Don't you think it's time guys? … Just being able to share in a communal experience," Jimmy reflected on the film and the return to theaters. "… Music is the delivery system that we have here in terms of what the film offers and it's all about joy and positivity and looking at this particular neighborhood and culture, but at the same time, understanding there are all these universal themes. That every wave that has come to this particular area have experienced, the hopes and the dreams. ... [And] I think because we’ve been in this pandemic, … we’ve had a lot of time to assess ... a lot of social issues … I think that makes audiences even more so available … [to that] connection and openness."

Watch back the full interview in the video above for more and catch In the Heights in theaters now!