Overview


Synopsis

Over the course of the Tony award-winning musical, In the Heights, we encounter the many colorful residents of Washington Heights -- a New York City neighborhood on the brink of change. Usnavi, a first generation Dominican-American corner bodega owner, and his friends and family are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses. As one family struggles to figure out how to pay for an Ivy League tuition for their brilliant and hard working daughter, a young woman is trying to put a down payment on a new apartment, and Usnavi himself is trying to get back to the Dominican Republic to reconnect with his roots after the death of his parents. In Washington Heights, community is everything, and we see how each of these individuals struggles to survive and how these same individuals come together as a community to mourn their losses and rejoice in their triumphs. Over the course of the show, we see the hard-working residents of Washington Heights grapple with love and lust, identity and racism, all while the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air, potentially changing the livelihoods of the people and the community forever. This revolutionary new musical combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell a captivating story about what it means to chase your dreams as you cling to your roots, and to celebrate the community from which you grew.


Characters

Female

Lead

Alto

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Soprano



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Musical 2008
First Produced
2007
Genres
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
washington heights, manhattan, ny, present day
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal For
high school, university, community, professional
Casting Notes

Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly, late teen, early teen characters
Original Broadway Cast Recording
Book and Lyrics
Vocal Selections

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