In The Heights Information
The Tony award-winning musical production of In the Heights is pack full with hip-hop, salsa, meringue and soul music, all set in New York Cityâ€™s Dominican-American dominated neighborhood Washington Heights. With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and based upon a book by Quiara AlegrÃa Hudes, In the Heights explores three days in the life of five main characters, the young sons and daughters of Latina immigrants. After a very successful off-Broadway run at 37 Arts of over 200 performances, the show began preparing for its move to Broadway.
In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the beauty salon and dreams of escaping to his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
At the heart of the current cast is Corbin Bleu, one of the stars from Disney Channelâ€™s High School Musical series, as Usnavi. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks has also been cast to play Nina Rosario for a 12-week engagement, making her Broadway debut alongside Bleu beginning August 19th. In its debut on Broadway in 2008, In the Heights won four Tony awards: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. In the Heights has been in Boston since January and will continue to be at the Opera House until January 24, 2010. â€œWith youthful energy, street-savvy stylings and exuberant production numbers, In The Heights' greatest asset is its warm center. I dare you to resist the endearing characters." â€“Elysa Gardner, USA Today