Luis Salgado, who was part of the original Broadway cast of In the Heights, will direct and choreograph the Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda musical at New Jersey's Axelrod Performing Arts Center. Performances will begin March 11.
The company will be headed by Jonathan Mousset as Usnavi de la Vega and Elizabeth Ritacco as Nina Rosario with Maité Uzal (Abuela Claudia), Laura Lebron (Vanessa), Jordan J. Adams (Benny), Matthew Oster (Sonny), Shadia Fairuz (Camila Rosario), José Fernando (Kevin Rosario), Tanya DeLeón (Daniela), Danelle Rivera (Carla), Joomin Hwang (Graffiti Pete), and Roberto Araujo (Piragua Guy). Ensemble members include Joelle Anderson, Adam Bourque, Aaron Cobos, Miguel Flores, Myriam Gadri, Andre Malcolm, Marcel March, Bryan Ernesto Menjivar, Amaya Perea, Jenna Perez, Nathalia Raigosa, and Susan Ramirez.
Salgado, who appeared in the ensemble and served as the Latin assistant choreographer for In the Heights (working closely with Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler), said in a statement, “My very first journey with this show was an explosion of pride through its movement as I worked next to Andy Blankenbuehler enhancing the choreographic authenticity in numbers like 'Carnaval' and the 'Club' among others…Working with this cast is a very rewarding adventure… Not only have we explored and built this passionate musical but we have done it in a way where ‘the process’ has been the priority on every step of the journey, allowing a unique ownership of the character and community moments in the show.”
Salgado’s team includes assistant director-choreographer John Alix, associate director Valeria Cossu, musical director Walter “Bobby” McCoy, associate musical director David Maglione, production consultant Heather Hogan, set designer Andrew D’Agostino, lighting designer Robert Rutt, sound designer Gerry Gironda, costume designers Fred Mayo and Debra Thime, and properties manager Susan Bloir.
The musical features a Tony-winning score by Miranda and a Tony-nominated book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.
Produced by APAC Artistic Director Andrew DePrisco and CEO Jess Levy, In the Heights will run weekends through March 26 at 100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, New Jersey. For tickets, priced $25 for students to $38, visit axelrodartscenter.com.