Westchester Staging of In the Heights, With Arielle Jacobs, Extends to April
By Adam Hetrick
The Westchester Broadway Theatre staging of In the Heights, starring Perry Young, Christina Aranda and original Broadway cast member Arielle Jacobs, has extended its run through April 7.
The WBT staging of the the Tony Award-winning musical began performances Feb. 7 and was originally scheduled to run through March 17. According to WBT, all 35 of the originally-scheduled performances sold-out in record time. In the Heights will now continue for an additional three weeks.
The production reflects the work of its original Tony-winning choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler. Penned by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes, In the Heights is staged for WBT audiences by John Fanelli. Fanelli's Standing Ovation Studios presents the Westchester run.
Morgan Marcell re-creates Blankenbuehler's original choreography. Shelton Becton serves as musical director, with Antuan "Magic" Raimone as Marcell's assistant and the dance captain.
Jacobs, who played Nina in the national tour and Broadway productions of In the Heights, reprises her role with Young as Usnavi, Aranda as Abuela Claudia, FaTye as Benny, Joey Sanzaro as Piragua Guy and original Broadway ensemble dancer Michael Fiedler.
The cast also includes Ryan Alvarado, Devon Buchanan, Sarita Colon, Greer Gisy, Lauren Guerra, Alannah Halliday, Gizel Jimenez, Greg Laucella, Nina V. Negron, Benjamin Perez, Antuan Raimone, Nicole Paloma Sarro, Gabriella Sorrentino, Ariana Valdes, Voltaire Wade-Greene and Timothy Wilson.
The production has set design by Steve Loftus, sound design by Mark Cantore, costume design by Maria Castaldo and lighting design by Andrew Gmoser.
In the Heights earned Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Original Score, as well as Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman).
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