New York Uptown: Musical In the Heights Begins Off-Broadway Jan. 9

News   New York Uptown: Musical In the Heights Begins Off-Broadway Jan. 9 The new Latino-infused musical, In the Heights, begins previews Jan. 9 Off-Broadway at 37 Arts.

Mandy Gonzalez will star In The Heights beginning performances Jan. 9.
Mandy Gonzalez will star In The Heights beginning performances Jan. 9. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Thomas Kail directs and Andy Blankenbuehler choreographs the original work that will officially open Feb. 8. Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Jill Furman produce. Tickets are currently on sale through April 1.

With a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes and a score by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights follows "two days in the life of Washington Heights, a vibrant and tight-knit neighborhood at the top of Manhattan," according to the producers. "From the vantage point of Usnavi's corner bodega, we experience the joys, heartbreaks and bonds of a Latino community struggling to redefine home."

Mandy Gonzalez (Aida, Dance of the Vampires), Priscilla Lopez (Anna in the Tropics, A Chorus Line), Olga Merediz (Mamma Mia!, Reckless) and composer Miranda in the role of Usnavi are featured in a cast with Andrea Burns (Beauty and the Beast), Janet Dacal (Good Vibrations), John Herrera (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Christopher Jackson (The Lion King), Robin de Jesus (Rent) and Karen Olivo (Brooklyn, Rent)

The ensemble also includes Rosie Fiedelman, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Joshua Henry, Nina Lafarga, Doreen Montalvo, Javier Munoz, Eliseo Roman, Luis Salgado, Seth Stewart, Rickey Tripp, Michael Balderrama and Stephanie Klemons.

The musical features a mix of hip-hop, salsa, merengue music mixed with a little of Miranda's other influence: Broadway. Director Kail also helmed a developmental run of the show at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2005 Music Theater Conference. Music director Alex Lacamoire provides music arrangements and orchestrations with Bill Sherman.

The design team for In the Heights includes Anna Louizos (scenic), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Jason Lyons (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound).

Tickets for In the Heights at 37 Arts, 450 West 37th Street, are available by calling (212) 307-4100. Preview performances from Jan. 9-21 will cost only $25 with the Jan. 23-Feb. 7 shows priced at $35.

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