By Anna Lawson
A symphonic story brightened by vibrant latin song, In The Heights, written by Quiara Alegría Hudes with music and lyrics by Lin Manuel Miranda, tells the story of a lively community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
Miranda, most well-known for his Broadway hit Hamilton, originally wrote the music to In The Heights in the early 2000s, ultimately helping to lead the show to success in the 2008 Tony Awards. The Team of In The Heights won Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations. The show left Broadway in 2013, but has recently been revived at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The show was run through the Broadway Center Stage program during the last week of March, and I must say, it was amazing.
One of the most important parts of creating a successful show is having a favorable cast. This production of In The Heights exceeded this criteria with stars from all over. Junior, Lucy Loazer, said, “I love listening to the soundtrack and when I saw the cast list, I knew they would do a great job.” Here is a quick rundown of the main characters and their past experience:
Finally, stage presence can make or break a show. Glenelg Junior, Josie Stubs, says, “when I saw a Broadway show in New York, the set designs and lighting made the show so much better.” Here is a brief list of the set producers who helped the show reach its full potential: