Nueva York, Nueva York: New Musical In The Heights Opens Off-Broadway

News   Nueva York, Nueva York: New Musical In The Heights Opens Off-Broadway Priscilla Lopez, Mandy Gonzalez, Olga Merediz, Karen Olivo and more star in the new musical In the Heights, which officially opens Feb. 8 Off-Broadway at 37 Arts.
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Thomas Kail directs and Andy Blankenbuehler choreographs the original work that began previews Jan. 9. 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 is set over a Fourth of July weekend "in the life of Washington Heights, a vibrant and tight-knit neighborhood at the top of Manhattan," according show materials. "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. The song list includes "In the Heights," "Breathe," "Benny's Dispatch," "It Won't Be Long Now," "Plan B," "Inútil (Useless)", "No Me Diga," "96,000," "Paciencia Y Fe (Patience and Faith)," "When You're Home," "Piragua," "Siempre (Always)," "The Club/Fireworks,” "Sunrise," "Hundreds of Stories," "Carnaval del Barrio," "Atención," "Alabanza," "Everything I Know," "Hear Me Out," "Goodbye” and "Finale."

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. For more information visit the website at intheheightsthemusical.com.

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