A Night In The Heights! A day in the Barrio! Where everyone knows your name.Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:00 am By: John F. Bailey Source: White Plains CitizeNet Reporter
In the Heights. The in-your-face, infatuating, indefatigable,intense celebration of life on the edge in the barrio that took over Broadway in
2008, winning four Tonys , nine Drama Desk Nominations, has taken over Westchester Broadway Theatre energizing a stunned audience with non-stop rhythms, overflowing fiery emotions and relentlessly appealing cast. You want young talent winning your heart this is your baby!
After its first two weeks, Westchester Broadway Theatre has announced today all shows have been sold out, and the run of In The Heights has been extended three weeks, through April 7th!
From the most creative set WBT has seen in years that gets 182nd Street-ambience absolutely right to the seductive body-swaying rhythms of this most original show, Mr. and Mrs. Westchester should be prepared for a relentless evening of young and spirited performers giving their all.
Lin-Manuel Mirandaís original music and lyrics with Quiara Alegria Hudes' breezy, clever, edgy book celebrates the coming of significance of the New York City Washington Heights neighborhood, which I can tell from personal experience teams with life, rhythm, ambition, spirit and drive that Mr. Miranda captures in his emotional-connective songs that anyone of any nationality will bond with. Itís a neighborhood where everyone knows each other and pulls for one another.
You meet the comic, ingratiating Usnavi(Perry Young from the ITH national tour), the street-savvy owner of the corner bodega. He introduces the show with a fast-talking rap, and introduces you to all the personalities: Nina (the conflicted fiery soprano, Arielle Jacobs) just back from Stanford, where the neighborhood thinks she is going to college but she struggled there as she relates plaintively with shimmering anxiety of disappointment in herself in Breathe.
We meet Vanessa(Gizel Jimenez)who just has to get an apartment out of The Heights,as she explains in It Wonít Be Long Now to Usnavi who does not want her to go.
Then we meet the grandmother of the neighborhood, Abuela Claudia(played winningly by Christina Aranda)Ms. Arandaís solo Paciencia y Fe(Patience and Faith)does not leave a dry eye in the house at the close of ACT 1.