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In the Heights

37 Arts. Opens Feb 8.

Photo: Mike McGregor

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Photo: Mike McGregor

From the producers of Rent and Avenue Q comes another musical look at neighborhood life in the big city. In the Heights is set, appropriately, in the Heights—Washington Heights, that is—where residents of a Latino community struggle to make a living and a home.

Photo: Mike McGregor

From the producers of Rent and Avenue Q comes another musical look at neighborhood life in the big city. In the Heights is set, appropriately, in the Heights—Washington Heights, that is—where residents of a Latino community struggle to make a living and a home. Driven by a youthful, energetic sound (its score is influenced by a mix of hip-hop, salsa and merengue), the story is told by the owner of an endangered corner bodega at the heart of the hood. Boasting a creative team of Broadway notables, including scene designer Anna Louizos (High Fidelity), costume designer Paul Tazewell (The Color Purple) and lighting designer Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), the production's aesthetics look promising. Along with a cast of accomplished veterans featuring Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line), Olga Merediz (Mamma Mia!) and Mandy Gonzalez (Dance of the Vampires), the show stars its own composer (and actual Heights resident), Lin-Manuel Miranda, as Usnavi, the proprietor of the keystone establishment—an interesting choice that should bring a touch of authenticity to the production. And you won't even have to catch the uptown A train, since In the Heights sets up shop at Off Broadway's 37 Arts in midtown. — Seth Sklar-Heyn

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