IN THE HEIGHTS
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed and Choreographed by Marcos Santana
Performed at and Co-Produced with Olney Theatre Center
Sep 6 – Oct 22, 2017
From the creator of the global hit sensation Hamilton comes Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In The Heights. Usnavi, the local proprietor of the corner bodega, is our guide through Washington Heights, a vibrant New York neighborhood full of striving immigrants and young lovers. When a winning lottery ticket is sold, fortunes shift, romance blooms, and hope springs eternal. Infused with hip-hop beats, salsa, and Latin soul, Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center present In The Heights – the musical event of the fall! Starring two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesús as Usnavi! All performances of In The Heights will be performed at Olney Theatre Center.
“A groundbreaking 21st-century musical. This extraordinary blend of old and new pushed the sound of Broadway deeper into new territory.” – New York Magazine
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. His current musical, Hamilton—with book, music, and lyrics by Mr. Miranda, in addition to him originating the title role—opened on Broadway in 2015. Hamilton was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and earned a record-breaking 16 Tony Nominations, winning 11 Tony Awards, including two personally for Mr. Miranda for Book and Score of a Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton won the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Both Mr. Miranda and Hamilton won the 2016 Drama League Awards for Distinguished Performance and Outstanding Production of a Musical, respectively. For its sold-out Off-Broadway run at The Public Theater, Hamilton received a record-breaking 10 Lortel Awards, as well as 3 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 8 Drama Desk Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical, and an OBIE for Best New American Play. Material from the show was previewed at the White House during its first-ever Evening of Poetry & Spoken Word in 2009, Lincoln Center Theater’s 2012 American Songbook Series, and New York Stage and Film’s 2013 Powerhouse Theatre Season at Vassar College. The Chicago production of Hamilton opened in October 2016, with a National Tour and London production scheduled for 2017. The Hamilton Mixtape, a concept album inspired by the show’s score, featuring top rappers and musicians in the music industry, was released on December 2, 2016. Mr. Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography, and Best Musical), with Miranda receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. In the Heights also took home a 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album and was recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. In 2016, Miranda won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for the Original London production of In The Heights. Off-Broadway, In the Heights received a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Best Musical, and Mr. Miranda received an Obie Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. Mr. Miranda is the co-composer (with Tom Kitt) and co-lyricist (with Amanda Green) of Broadway’s Bring it On: The Musical (2013 Tony Nomination, Best Musical; 2013 Drama Desk Nomination, Best Lyrics). He contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz’s Working and Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway Revival of West Side Story. In 2014, Mr. Miranda received an Emmy Award with Tom Kitt for their song “Bigger” from the 67th Annual Tony Awards. Mr. Miranda contributed music, lyrics, and vocals to several songs in Disney’s feature film Moana, which earned two Oscar nominations in 2017, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for Mr Miranda’s “How Far I’ll Go.” Mr. Miranda played Charlie Kringas in the 2012 City Center Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along and can be heard on the 2012 Cast Recording released by PS Classics. He also appeared in the 2014 City Center Encores! Off-Center production of tick, tick… BOOM! as Jonathan. Mr. Miranda is a recipient of the National Arts Club Medal of Honor and the ASCAP Foundation’s Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. He serves as a Council Member of The Dramatists Guild and was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to New York City’s Theater Subdistrict Council in 2015. On July 8, 2016 Mr. Miranda and Jennifer Lopez released the charity single “Love Make The World Go Round” as a tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. Mr. Miranda is a co-founder and member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip-hop improv group that has toured the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as the Aspen, Melbourne, and Montreal Comedy Festivals, and now performs in NYC. The group’s eponymous television series premiered on Pivot TV in 2014. Mr. Miranda has lent his voice to the audiobook recordings of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saen. TV/Film credits: “The Electric Company”, “Sesame Street”, “The Sopranos”, “House”, “Modern Family”, “The Polar Bears”, “Do No Harm”, “Smash”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “Inside Amy Schumer”, “Difficult People”, “Hamilton’s America”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Drunk History”, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, 200 Cartas, and Moana. He received his BA from Wesleyan University in 2002. He lives in NYC with his wife, son, and dog.
Quiara Alegría Hudes is a playwright, strong wife and mother of two, Distinguished Professor at Wesleyan University, barrio feminist, and native of West Philly, USA. Hailed for her work’s exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. They are Water By the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; In The Heights, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer finalist; Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, another Pulitzer finalist; Daphne’s Dive; The Good Peaches; Miss You Like Hell; and The Happiest Song Plays Last. Hudes is a playwright in residence at Signature Theater in New York, and Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon is dedicating its 2017 season to producing her work. Originally trained as a composer, Hudes has done some deep dives into marrying live music and drama. She has collaborated with renown musicians including Nelson Gonzalez, Michel Camilo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Erin McKeown, and The Cleveland Orchestra.
DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Marcos Santana is originally from Puerto Rico. He began his dance career at the age of 18 in his native Island, where he trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Latin. After a very successful career performing with leading dance companies and international artists, he relocated to Los Angeles in 2000. While in LA, he had the privilege to perform for artists such as Chayanne, Missy Elliott, Anastacia, Mary J Blige, Eden’s Crush, Constantina, Jimmy Buffet, and Ellen Degeneres, among others. As a choreographer, Marcos has worked on productions such as On Your Feet (Assoc. Choreographer/Tony Nomination), Rocky (Assoc. Choreographer/Tony Nomination), Man Of La Mancha, Randy Newman’s Faust (Encores), Mr. Magoo’s A Christmas Carol, Fortress Of Solitude (Public Theater Assoc. Choreographer), Pirates Of Penzance (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Brazil Brazil (New Victory Theater), Much Ado About Nothing, My Fair Lady, Guys And Dolls, Paul Simon’s Capeman (Delacorte Theater Assoc. Choreographer), In The Heights (2009 Gypsy of the Year), Rock Of Ages National Tour/West End/Vegas (Assoc. Choreographer).