'In The Heights' at Westchester Broadway

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 7:00 am By: Jerry Eimbinder Source: PATCH

In the Heights opens at the Westchester Broadway Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 7 with Arielle Jacobs returning to the role of Nina, a role she played both in the musical’s national tour and on Broadway where she followed Jordan Sparks to the close of the show.

Perry Young plays Usnavi and Christina Aranda appears as Abuela Claudia.

Cast members who are Westchester County natives include FaTye of Dobbs Ferry in the role of Benny and Joey Sanzaro of Pleasantville as Piragua.

National tour choreographer Morgan Marcell and assistant/dance captain Antuan “Magic” Raimone repeat the choreography on the Elmsford stage that captured a Best Choreography Tony award for Andy Blankenbuehler, the show’s original  choreographer.

The story takes place during a few days in the life of a tight-knit community in New York City’s Washington Heights and centers on the importance of home, family and the need to find one’s place. The score and dance span three generations of music, from rap to moving ballads to salsa.

When it appeared on Broadway in 2008, the play also won Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Orchestrations; it received a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.

The new production is presented and directed by John Fanelli, a veteran play director for Westchester Broadway Theatre and the founder of the recently formed Standing Ovation Studios in Armonk.

Meet the cast and crew

The supporting cast includes Ryan Alvarado, Christina Aranda, Devon Buchanan, Sarita Colon, Michael Fielder, Greer Gisy, Lauren Guerra, Alannah Halliday, Arielle Jacobs, Gizel Jimenez, Greg Laucella, Nina V. Negron, Benjamin Perez, Antuan “Magic” Raimone, Nicole Paloma Sarro, Gabriella Sorrentino, Ariana Valdes, Voltaire Wade-Greene, Timothy Wilson and Perry Young. Dancer Michael Fielder appeared in the tour and Broadway productions.

Crew members include Victor Lukas, Steve Loftus, Mark Cantore and Maria Castaldo and props are provided by Grumpy’s Props.

In the Heights runs from Feb. 7 through March 17 with evening performances on Thursday through Sunday and Thursday and Sunday matinees.

A special ticket price of $59 plus tax is offered for all performances with additional discounts for seniors, children and groups available for some performances. Admission cost includes the show, a three-course meal and parking. Cocktail/wine cost is not included in the ticket price.

Students with IDs may purchase a student rush ticket 15 minutes prior to curtain time for $20 if seats are available. Student rush tickets are for the performance only and do not include lunch or dinner (calling ahead for availability is advised).

Contact the theater at 914-592-8730 for luxury box service and cost information.

For reservations, call 914-592-2222 or buy tickets online at www.BroadwayTheatre.com

Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza (175 Clearbrook Road), Elmsford. Box office: (914) 592-2222