IN THE HEIGHTS
Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed & Choreographed by Marcos Santana
Performed at & 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 nominee Robin de Jesus 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 wrote the first incarnation of In the Heights his sophomore year at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Off-Broadway, In The Heights received nine Drama Desk nominations, including best music, best lyrics, and it won the award for outstanding ensemble performance; received the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical; received the Obie Award for outstanding music and lyrics; received a Theater World Award for outstanding debut Performance and the Clarence Derwent Award both for Mr. Miranda’s performance. He is the recipient of the 2007 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. He has appeared on The Sopranos (1999) and Sex and the City (1998), House (2004), and The Electric Company (2006). He is also a co-founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip-hop comedy group that tours comedy festivals all over the world.
Quiara Alegría Hudes is a playwright, strong wife and mother of two, Distinguished Professor at Wesleyan University, barrio feminist and native of West Philly, U.S.A. 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 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 L.A., 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 Penzanze (Stratford Sakespeare 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).