'The Color Purple', 'In The Heights' make local debuts this weekPublished: Thursday, February 7, 2013 7:00 am
The story centers on a Washington Heights bodega and the tight-knit community that surrounds it. There’s the rapping bodega owner Usnavi, the first-in-her-family college girl Nina, her parents and Abuela Claudia, the neighborhood’s matriarch. It’s about hopes and dreams.
John Fanelli directs.
Musical director Shelton Becton — who, coincidentally, played keyboards on “The Color Purple” on Broadway — leads a 13-piece band of trumpets, saxes, trombones and “lots of percussion,” he says, adding that he is new to this show.