Andréa Burns created the role. Machado, who is best known as Vanessa Diaz from the critically acclaimed series "Six Feet Under," will appear through Aug. 23.
With her "Six Feet Under" co-stars, Machado won a 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. This past television season she was featured on "Ugly Betty" as Cousin Clara and on the final season of "ER" as Claudia Diaz. In the fall, she will be seen on the upcoming CBS show "Three Rivers" opposite Alex O'Laughlin and in the independent film "Pedro," which has been accepted into the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.
In the Heights, a romantic musical comedy snapshot of the Latino community of Washington Heights, in northern Manhattan, is the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Lin-Manuel Miranda won the 2008 Tony for Best Score, Andy Blankenbuehler won the 2008 Tony for Best Choreography, and Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations.
In the Heights began previews on Broadway Feb. 14, 2008, after a six-month award-winning 2007 Off-Broadway run. The musical opened on Broadway March 9, 2008, recouped its $10 million investment in ten months and won a 2008 Grammy Award for the original cast album. In November 2008, Universal Pictures acquired the rights to produce a feature film based on In the Heights. With a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights is directed by Thomas Kail. Alex Lacamoire is music director, and music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman.
In the Heights stars Janet Dacal, Robin De Jesús, Mandy Gonzalez, Marcy Harriell, Christopher Jackson, Priscilla Lopez, Justina Machado, Olga Merediz, Javier Muñoz, Rick Négron and Seth Stewart leading a cast of 28 that features Tony Chiroldes, Dwayne Clark, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Afra Hines, Marcus Paul James, Nina Lafarga, Doreen Montalvo, Eliseo Román, Gabrielle Ruiz, Luis Salgado, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Rickey Tripp, Michael Balderrama, Blanca Camacho, Stephanie Klemons, José-Luis Lopez, Antuan Raimone, Alejandra Reyes and Jon Rua.
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