Lights Up on Washington Heights as In The Heights Returns for One Night Only Concert
Blackout? More like lights up on Washington Heights! It’s so often these days you find a Broadway show that comes along and seems to change everything you know about theatre. That is how many people seemed to feel when In The Heights debuted on Broadway back in 2008. And even though In The Heights disappeared from Broadway back in 2011, you’re never truly far from home. In one of the most anticipated theatrical events of the year, Lin-Manuel Miranda proudly presents In The Heights: In Concert on February 11th, 2013.
In the Heights is a musical that features music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. According to a press release, In the Heights “tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega 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, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.”
For a one night only special concert event, the Original Broadway Cast of In The Heights has reunited to put on a concert in Washington Heights. The performance will take place at the United Palace of Cultural Arts. In the Heights opened on Broadway March 9th, 2008 at the Richard Rogers Theater and went on to win four Tony Awards including Best Musical. The show recouped it’s $10 million dollar investment after just 10 months and played 1,185 performances before closing on January 9th, 2011. The show has had two national tours across the United States and has premiered internationally in the Philippines in 2011
The cast for the performance includes Miranda (Usnavi) with original Broadway principal cast members Karen Olivo (Vanessa), Chris Jackson (Benny), Olga Merediz (Abuela Claudia), Mandy Gonzalez (Nina), Robin de Jesús (Sonny), Janet Dacal (Carla), Andrea Burns (Daniela), Elisio Roman (Piragua Guy), Seth Stewart (Graffiti Pete) and Javier Muñoz. The evening also features Rick Negron and Natalie Toro. Negron and Toro starred as Kevin and Camila on Broadway and in the first national tour.
Also joining is original Broadway ensemble members Doreen Montalvo, Tony Chiroldes, Nina Lafarga, Rosie Lani Friedelman, Afra Hines, Luis Salgado, Shawn Taylor-Corbett, Rickey Tripp, Michael Balderama, Blanca Camacho, Rogelio Douglas, Jr. and Stephanie Klemons.
I do have to praise Miranda and his fellow cast members for putting together such an all star event in the same week that, five years ago, In The Heights held its first Broadway preview. This show, while gone from Broadway for over 2 years now, still remains a large factor in musical theatre. I say that in the sense of not only do people now have the chance to produce their version of In The Heights through licensing but people still want to see it consistently. This show may have disappeared from Broadway but has not left the hearts of those who embraced it years ago.
There are still tickets left to experience In The Heights: In Concert tonight in Washington Heights! If you can attend, I would highly suggest seeing this all star cast in action because you never know when the next time In The Heights returns to Manhattan will be! For more information, check out the United Palace of Cultural Arts Official Website! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!