In The Heights In London Extends
London’s Off West End has welcomed back a Tony Award winning American musical. While many associate Lin-Manuel Miranda’s name with Hamilton only, Miranda burst onto the Broadway scene with his hip-hop style and antics almost a decade ago with a little show about home. In The Heights, a musical about Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, won over American audiences in its debut in 2008 on and Broadway and has only continued to prove itself since. Now, the other side of the pond is learning about one of Manhattan’s most interesting neighborhoods. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that In The Heights at London’s King’s Cross Theatre has extended!
Broadway’s Tony Award winning In The Heights musical has extended once again in London. Originally scheduled for a limited 4 week run at King’s Cross Theatre, the show has now extended a third time adding six additional months to it’s already extended run allowing audiences to now purchase tickets through the end of October 2016. In The Heights returns to London following its critically acclaimed and sold out premiere at London’s Southwark Playhouse in 2014. Luke Sheppard, who directed the 2014 UK premiere of In The Heights, returns as director to this second mounting along with Drew McOnie as choreographer. McOnie choreographed the UK premiere as well winning an Off West Award for his work. Thanks to Johan Persson for the photo above right!
Currently, the London cast of In The Heights includes David Bedella as Kevin, Josie Benson as Camila, Vas Constanti as Piragua Guy, Jade Ewen as Vanessa, Lily Frazer as Nina, Philippa Stefani as Daniela, Sam Mackay as Usnavi, Antoine Murray-Straughan as Graffiti Pete, Sarah Naudi as Carla, Eve Polycarpou as Abuela, Joe Aaron Reid as Benny and Cleve September making his London stage debut as Sonny. The ensemble of the production includes Jocasta Almgill, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Michael Cortez, Gabriela Garcia, Reiss Hinds, Alexandra Sarmiento and Spin.
The London creative team for In The Heights includes Takis as scenic designer, Gabriella Slade as costume designer, Howard Hudson as lighting designer and Gareth Owen as sound designer. Casting for the show is by Will Burton. The London production of In The Heights is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment Ltd and Paul Taylor Mills.
In The Heights was first presented in Connecticut in 2005 at National Music Theatre Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. The show moved Off-Broadway playing 37 Arts Theatre from February 2007 through July 2007. The show moved to Broadway in 2008 playing The Richard Rodgers Theatre (Pictured Right) on 46th street where it officially opened in March 2008. Most of the Off-Broadway cast transferred to Broadway with the production as well as the creative team helmed by Thomas Kail as director and Andy Blankenbuehler as choreographer. The production was critically acclaimed not only winning the 51st Annual Grammy Award for Best Musical Album but was also nominated for 13 Tony Awards before going on to win four including Best Musical.
Luner Lowdown: I’m thrilled to hear audiences in London are finally able to enjoy Broadway’s Tony Award winning In The Heights. In The Heights returns following its success in London in 2014 when it played a limited engagement that sold out quickly. I will be interested to see if following this success, the production moves to London’s West End bringing in larger audiences and launching the show into a larger spotlight in Europe. Of course, the hype and success of In The Heights is only the beginning as London hopes to welcome Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest hit, Hamilton, to the West End in 2017. All of the success of his first Broadway production will only lend to Hamilton in the coming future. It would be interesting if the show transferred and Miranda found himself with two West End hits playing at the same time.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on In The Heights and it’s continued success in London! There is no word yet on a life for the production following the current extension of the show through October 2016. We will be interested to see if the show continues to play at Kings Cross Theatre or moves itself to a London West End house bringing the show to life on a much larger scale. For more information, visit In The Heights UK Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) 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!