Culturally Speaking

ART TIMES Spring 2013

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7:00 am By: Cornelia Seckel Source:

I had the great pleasure to see “in the Heights” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre and it was quite a momentous evening. There was a tribute to Lin-Manuel Miranda who conceived of the play (when he was just 19) and wrote the music and lyrics. Many of the Broadway cast members as well as Lin-Manuel were at the opening night celebration with several of the original cast members in the WBT production. Miranda spoke with the audience before the show and said how excited he was that his play (winner of 2008 Tony Award Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations and the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album) is now available to be performed off Broadway. In the Heights is a story of a neighborhood, the people who live and work there — their loves, frustrations, heartaches and the influences of the world outside the neighborhood. The music was fabulous: from ballads to rap; the dance ranging from ballet to break dancing. This show will surely be done by thousands of schools and community groups especially as there are so many opportunities for solo performances. The audience, a mixture of age groups had great energy —cheering and whistling after duets and solos. The excitement was palpable at the curtain. What highly talented cast, excellent dancers, actors, fabulous voices and a great story line that resonates beyond the “hood”. The book was written by Quiara Alegria Hudes, original choreography reproduced by Morgan Marcell and John Fanelli was the Director/ Producer. Standing Ovation Studios is the Producer.


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