Broadway's Gonzalez, Lopez and Merediz Cast in New Latin-Infused Musical In the Heights
By Ernio Hernandez
Broadway leading Latina ladies Mandy Gonzalez, Priscilla Lopez and Olga Merediz will be featured in the cast of the new musical, In the Heights, heading for Off-Broadway.
Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Jill Furman produce the original work to be staged by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. Previews begin Jan. 9, 2007 toward a Feb. 8 opening at 37 Arts.
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."
The musical features a mix of hip-hop, salsa and merengue music.
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 also provides music arrangements and orchestrations with Bill Sherman.
Gonzalez (Aida, Dance of the Vampires), Lopez (Anna in the Tropics, A Chorus Line) and Merediz (Mamma Mia!, Reckless) appear in the 22-member cast that also stars 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), Karen Olivo (Brooklyn, Rent) and composer Miranda in the role of Usnavi.
The cast also features 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 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, will go on sale Nov. 20 through (212) 307-4100.
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