In the Heights, Starring Perry Young, Opens Sept. 11 at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre
By Michael Gioia
Walnut Street Theatre opens its 205th season with the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, which officially opens Sept. 11, following previews that began Sept. 3, on the WST Mainstage.
Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, the cast features Perry Young (national tour of In the Heights) as Usnavi, Matthew J. Harris as Sonny, Rayanne Gonzales as Abuela Claudia, Gizel Jimenez as Vanessa, Julia Hunter as Nina, Danny Bolero as Kevin and Kimberly S. Fairbanks as Camila, Rhett George as Benny, Donnie Hammond as Daniela, Maria Konstantinidis as Carla, Ceasar F. Barajas as Graffiti Pete and Carlos Lopez as Piragua Guy.
Rounding out the ensemble are Sandy Alvarez, Ceasar F. Barajas, Breanna Bartley, Melanie Cotton, Dean Andre de Luna, Lisa Finegold, Joshua Keith, Carlos Lopez, Gabriella Sorrentino and Michael Anthony Sylvester.
Performances continue through Oct. 20.
In the Heights, according to Walnut, "tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner coffee shop 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 and dreams where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. With a gripping story and incredible music and dance, In the Heights is the next chapter in the classic American story."
The musical, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, features a Tony-winning score by Miranda and a Tony-nominated book Quiara Alegría Hudes.
Other members of the creative team include musical director Douglass G. Lutz, set designer Anna Louizos. Louizos, lighting designer Paul Black, costume designer Colleen Grady and sound designer Ed Chapman.
The Walnut Street Theatre is located at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. For more information and tickets, call (215) 574-3550 or visit WalnutStreetTheatre.org.
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