By Kenneth Jones
19 Aug 2010
Sparks will make her Broadway debut in the role of college student Nina Rosario, who returns home from Stanford University for the summer — with a secret that shakes the foundation of her family's American dream. Friends, family and a new love rally around her in the musical portrait of a changing neighborhood where multiple musical styles echo on the streets, spill from the windows and brew in the minds of its eclectic Latino characters.
Sparks will play a limited 12-week engagement through Nov. 14.
Creator and Tony-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda told Playbill.com, "Jordin is an undeniable talent and an incredibly versatile performer. When she came in to audition for the creative team, I knew she'd be able to sing the role of Nina (and does she ever). I was not prepared for how winning and honest an actress she'd be. I can't wait to see her tear it up with the rest of this amazing company."
With a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights is directed by Thomas Kail (who will stage the upcoming Broadway play Lombardi).
In the Heights continues at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The cast includes Marcy Harriell as Vanessa, Priscilla Lopez as Camila, Bianca Marroquin as Daniela, Olga Merediz as Abuela Claudia, Rick Négron as Kevin, Clifton Oliver as Benny, Courtney Reed as Carla, Jon Rua as Graffiti Pete and Shaun Taylor-Corbett as Sonny with Tony Chiroldes, Sharona D'Ornellas, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Marcus Paul James, Jennifer Locke, Doreen Montalvo, Noah Rivera, Eliseo Román, Gabrielle Ruiz, Marcos Santana, Rickey Tripp, Willis White, Michael Balderrama, Blanca Camacho, Allison Thomas Lee, Alejandra Reyes, Nancy Ticotin and Daniel J. Watts.
In the Heights, according to the producers, "tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind."
For more information on In the Heights visit www.intheheightsthemusical.com.