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'In the Heights' - A Salsa Flavor to 2008's Best Musical


In the Heights, Broadway, New York, musical theater, Best Musical, Kevin McCollum

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Photo by Joan Marcus

101 Words About This Show:

In the Heights is a Broadway musical love letter in salsa and hip-hop to the Washington Heights area of upper Manhattan. It’s a mostly-Hispanic neighborhood of immigrants, the upwardly-hopeful, and, soon, gentrifiers.

In the Heights tells the intertwining stories of Usnavi, a bodega owner, who has sold a winning lotto ticket (but to whom?); Nina, who flunked out of Stanford and lost her scholarship (but how will she tell her parents?); and Benny, a non-Hispanic in love with Nina (but how will he tell her parents, who are also his employers?).

And it all comes to a head on a hot July night.

Who’s Who and What’s What:

This Tony Best Musical was conceived by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music and lyrics. Ironically, Miranda grew up not in the Heights, but in nearby Inwood.

It was his desire to show a community, not simply a neighborhood of dangerous corners and threatening people, and he succeed marvelously.

Loud, driving salsa and hip-hop music; fast-paced, rap-cadenced lyrics; and how-did-they-do-that dancing makes for a fast two and a half hours.

Where and When:

  • Richard Rodgers Theatre
    226 West 46th Street
  • Show Times and Tickets
  • Opening: February 14, 2008
  • Closing: Open-ended run
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (including intermission)

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