Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights to Return to London; Casting Announced

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The previously announced return of Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway musical, In the Heights, originally seen in London at Southwark Playhouse in 2014, has announced casting.

Sam Mackay
Sam Mackay

It is transferring to King's Cross Theatre to begin performances Oct. 3 prior to an official opening Oct. 13, for a run that is initially booking through Nov. 1.



Reprising their Southwark roles are David Bedella as Kevin, Josie Benson as Camila, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Daniela, Sam Mackay as Usnavi, Sarah Naudi as Carla and Eve Polycarpou as Abuela. They are newly joined by Jade Ewen as Vanessa, Lily Frazer as Nina, Antoine Murray-Straughan as Graffiti Pete, Joe Aaron Reid as Benny and Cleve September as Sonny. The cast also includes Jocasta Almgill, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Michael Cortez, Gabriela Garcia, Reiss Hinds, Alexandra Sarmiento and Spin.

David Bedella will reprise his performance as Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show when it returns to the West End's Playhouse for a short run in September. Other credits include an Olivier Award-winning performance as Satan in Jerry Springer the Opera (National Theatre), the title role in Sweeney Todd (Twickenham Theatre), the British premiere of Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Chicago (Cambridge Theatre).



Benson's theatre credits include Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival Theatre and Adelphi Theatre), The Cradle Will Rock (Arcola Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre) and The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre).

Hamilton-Barritt's West End credits include starring as Diana in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, Alex in Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Rizzo in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre). Regionally, she has played Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy at Leicester's Curve. Mackay's stage credits include Wonder.Land (Manchester International Festival), 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court), Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre).

Naudi's film credits include "By The Sea," directed by Angelina Jolie, which is due for release later this year. Television credits include "Casanova" for Amazon Studios.

Polycarpou's theatre credits include Mother Courage and Her Children (Manchester Library Theatre Company), The Bacchae and Palace of the End (Manchester Royal Exchange), and Threepenny Opera (National Theatre).

Ewen is one-third of the multi-million-selling pop group Sugababes. She has also represented the U.K. at the Eurovision Song Contest with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s song "It's My Time." More recently, she has been seen on stage as Clara in Porgy and Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and Dee Dee in the 2014 U.K. tour of Tonight's The Night.

Frazer’s recent theatre credits include Demeter in the U.K. tour of Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour and Les Misérables in the West End. Television includes Suzy in E4 series "Drifters."

Murray-Straughan played Rum Tum Tugger in the recent West End revival of Cats at the London Palladium. Other credits include the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour.

Reid’s many Broadway credits include If/Then, Ghost, Catch Me if You Can and Chicago, with regional U.S. credits including On The Town (5th Avenue Theater) and Ragtime (Paper Mill Playhouse). Television credits include NBC's "Smash."

September recently graduated from Mountview Academy.

In the Heights is directed by Luke Sheppard and choreographed by Drew McOnie, with musical supervision by Tom Deering, set design by takis, costume design by Gabriella Slade, lighting design by Howard Hudson and sound design by Gareth Owen. Casting is by Will Burton.

The musical features a score by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

It is produced in London by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment Ltd. and Paul Taylor Mills Ltd.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7604 or visit www.intheheightslondon.com.

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