NYC's City Council Will Honor In the Heights, the Musical Set Uptown

News   NYC's City Council Will Honor In the Heights, the Musical Set Uptown
The New York City Council will honor the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In the Heights with a special Proclamation in City Hall chambers on Dec. 18.
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda Photo by Josh Lehrer

Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilmember Miguel Martinez and Councilmember Robert Jackson will present the Proclamation to In the Heights' producer Jill Furman and composer-leading actor Lin-Manuel Miranda "for the show's success in introducing millions of people to the vibrant neighborhood and its residents situated at the top of the island of Manhattan," the producers said.

The musical is about the culturally diverse Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, and the Latino community's place there at the start of the 21st century. "The music pulses with the hopes and dreams of three generations as they struggle to forge an identity in a neighborhood on the brink of transition," according to production notes.

The In the Heights cast features Andréa Burns, Janet Dacal, Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesús, Mandy Gonzalez, Marcy Harriell, Christopher Jackson, Priscilla Lopez, Tony Award nominee Olga Merediz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rick Negrón (who joins the company Dec. 19) and Seth Stewart leading a cast of 29.

In the Heights began previews on Broadway Feb. 14, 2008, after a six-month award-winning 2007 Off-Broadway run. The musical opened on Broadway March 9, 2008, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street), where it continues.

With a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights has Tony Award-winning choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and is directed by Thomas Kail. Alex Lacamoire is music director, and the Tony Award- winning music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman.

In the Heights is produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman, Sander Jacobs, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Peter Fine and Sonny Everett/Mike Skipper with associate producers Ruth Hendel and Harold Newman.


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