Wednesday, February 27, 2008

IN THE HEIGHTS - Broadway Musical!

I saw IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway last night - it was awesome!
Really creative, touching, funny, talented cast - amazing choreography.
My friends and I came out of the theatre dancing!

In The Heights began as an original musical conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda during his sophomore year at Wesleyan University. Upon graduating and returning home to New York, Miranda collaborated with director Thomas Kail to rework and restage the campus hit for a larger audience. That's how they captured the interest of producers Jill Furman, Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller, whose previous work on Broadway included Rent, Avenue Q and The Drowsy Chaperone. After more workshops, more collaborators, and a stint at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in Connecticut, the musical found a home at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts Theatre. Seven years after the idea was first born, In The Heights was ready for its New York theatrical debut.During its Off-Broadway run at 37 Arts, In The Heights quickly became an audience phenomenon and a critical success. The response was unprecedented; the musical was luring both traditional and non-traditional theatergoers and garnering a huge cache of accolades, including the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. After over 200 performances, In The Heights played its final Off-Broadway show on July 15th, 2007, in order to begin preparations for a move to Broadway.

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