Cast Album Will Preserve the Beat of Life In the Heights

News   Cast Album Will Preserve the Beat of Life In the Heights
 
In the Heights, the new romantic musical comedy about dreamers in the Latino Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan, will have a Broadway cast album this spring.

In the Heights, with Mandy Gonzales and Christopher Jackson, ends its run Off-Broadway.
In the Heights, with Mandy Gonzales and Christopher Jackson, ends its run Off-Broadway. Photo by Joan Marcus

Orders for the yet-to-be recorded album are being taken in the lobby of the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where the hip-hop and merengue-driven show began previews Feb. 14 toward its March 9 opening.

Playbill.com has learned Sh-K-Boom will record the score, by Broadway newcomer composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also plays the principal role of Usnavi, the Dominican-born guide and narrator of the musical.

A release date of late May is being promised in the lobby at the Rodgers. A two-disc package for the music-heavy show is probable, but that has not been announced.

The show's music direction is by Alex Lacamoire, who also created arrangements and orchestrations with Bill Sherman.

The polyglot score is inspired by the rhythms of the island nations represented in the show, which is set in the diverse Latino neighborhood in Manhattan, around 181st Street. The music suggests Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, but also indulges in pure American (and African-American) hip-hop, funk and more.

Some songs in English are sweetened with Spanish, some songs in Spanish are kissed with English, making the songs instantly understandable to theatregoers. Among the titles: "Breathe," "It Won't Be Long Now," "Inutil," "No Me Diga," "96,000," "Paciencia y Fe" ("Patience and Faith"), "When You're Home," "Piragua," "Siempre" ("Always"), "Enough," "Carnaval del Barrio," "Atencion," "Alabanza," "Everything I Know," "Champagne" and "When the Sun Goes Down."

For more information visit www.IntheHeightsthemusical.com.

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