Westchester Staging of In the Heights, Starring Arielle Jacobs, Perry Young and Christina Aranda, Begins Feb. 7
07 Feb 2013
Perry Young, Christina Aranda and original Broadway cast member Arielle Jacobs star in the Westchester Broadway Theatre staging of In the Heights, which begin performances Feb. 7.
The WBT staging of the the Tony Award-winning musical about the colorful inhabitants of Washington Heights reflects the work of its original Tony-winning choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler. It will run through March 17.
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).
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.