Award-winning "In The Heights"

December 22, 2009 10:25:41 AM PST
Move over West Side Story, the Broadway hit In the Heights has taken Chicago by storm. In the Heights, winner of four 2008 Tony Awards and the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, is the next chapter in the classic American story, says the show's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The hopeful musical is set in a neighborhood in New York City; it explores how immigrants still come to the United States so their children can have better lives than they did. The National Tour of In the Heights begins this fall has made a stop in Chicago and the musical runs through January 3, 2010 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights ? 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.

The Chicago production of In the Heights stars Kyle Beltran (Usnavi), Daniel Bolero (Kevin), Rogelio Douglas Jr. (Benny), Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (Vanessa), Arielle Jacobs (Nina), Jose-Luis Lopez (Graffiti Pete), Genny Lis Padilla (Carla), Isabel Santiago (Daniela), Elise Santora (Abuela Claudia), Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Sonny) and Natalie Toro (Camila). Rounding out the cast are Sandy Alvarez, David Baida, Christina Black, Natalie Caruncho, Oscar Cheda, Dewitt Cooper III, Daniel Cruz, Wilkie Ferguson, Kristina Fernandez, Rayanne Gonzales, Dominique Kelley, Rebecca Kritzer, Morgan Matayoshi, Joseph Morales, April Ortiz, and Carlos Salazar.

In the Heights began as an original musical conceived by Miranda during his sophomore year at Wesleyan University. Upon graduating and returning home to New York, Miranda collaborated with director Thomas Kail to rework and restage the campus hit for a larger audience. That's how they captured the interest of producers Jill Furman, Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller, whose previous work on Broadway included Rent, Avenue Q and The Drowsy Chaperone. After more workshops, more collaborators, and a stint at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in Connecticut, the musical found a home at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts Theatre. Seven years after the idea was first born, In the Heights was ready for its New York theatrical debut.

During its Off-Broadway run at 37 Arts, In the Heights quickly became an audience phenomenon and a critical success. The response was unprecedented: the musical was luring both traditional and non-traditional theatergoers and garnering a huge cache of accolades, including the Outer Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. After over 200 performances, In the Heights played its final Off-Broadway show on July 15th, 2007, and began preparations for a move to Broadway, which included enhancements to the script and score, as well as new additions to the cast and crew.

In addition to winning the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, Miranda, won the Tony for Best Music and Lyrics, Andy Blankenbuehler won for Best Choreography, and Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman won for Best Orchestrations. The original cast recording won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a feature film based on the smash hit musical.

In the Heights opened on Broadway to critical acclaim March 9, 2008 and continues to play at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. With a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Miranda, In the Heights is directed by Joseph A. Callaway Award-winner and Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail. Lacamoire serves as the show's music director. The music arrangements are by Lacamoire and Sherman. In the Heights also features Tony nominated scenic design by Anna Louizos, Tony nominated costumes by Paul Tazewell, Tony nominated lighting by Howell Binkley and Tony nominated sound by Acme Sound Partners.

For tickets and show times, call 800.775-200 or visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com

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"IN THE HEIGHTS"
Through January 3, 2010
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph
(800) 775-2000
www.BroadwayInChicago.com


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