IN THE HEIGHTS

Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda  |  Book and Lyrics by Quiara Alegria Hudes

Choreography by Julio Agustin  |  Musical Direction by Tom Ossowski  |  Scenic Design by Ruth Brandvik  Costume Design by David Baxter  |  Lighting Design by Jo Sanburg  |  Sound Design by Zach Cramer 

Stage Management by Julia Bodolay

 

Under the direction of Chari Arespacochaga and with choreography by Julio Agustin, the pace of the play almost never lets up. It’s a marathon, testing the dancers’ endurance as they shake, shimmy and salsa through the non-stop musical breaks.

Sanchez plays Usnavi with just the right balance of swagger and self-deprecation. Ali Cole (Nina Rosario) gives a heart-wrenching performance in “Breathe.” The shame of disappointing her friends and family is a feeling that washes over the audience as she hits the most climactic notes.

And whether she’s speaking, singing or dancing, all eyes are on Vanessa (Lannie Rubio), rooting for her champagne and happily-ever-after. Though really, the entire cast is noteworthy, with each character brought to life as a unique, defined neighbor, no matter how small the part.

Nick Erlandson and Jillian Fry, The Tallahassee Democrat

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