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‘In the Heights’: Musical a ‘love letter’ to ‘vibrant community on the brink of change’

April 8, 2019

The Tony Award-winning musical, “In the Heights,” is coming to Westport. This popular show, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, will be onstage at The Westport Country Playhouse Tuesday, April 23, through Saturday, May 11.

Miranda wowed audiences with this contemporary musical before his smash hit, “Hamilton.” The Playhouse says, “In the Heights” is “a love letter to New York City’s famed Washington Heights, a vibrant community on the brink of change.”

The show tells a story which takes place over the course of three days. “Three generations dream of new opportunities and struggle with the pressures of expectation and tradition. With an infectious score featuring a blend of hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul, ‘In the Heights’ invites audiences to celebrate life and love in this uniquely American story,” the Playhouse says.

Marcos Santana, who performed in the Broadway production of “In the Heights” will direct and choreograph this show. Cast members include three actors from the original Broadway company: Blanca Camacho, Tony Chiroldes and Doreen Montalvo.

Santana has worked with Westport Country Playhouse in the past. He collaborated with Mark Lamos, the Playhouse’s artistic director, on last season’s “Man of La Mancha.” Santana will use his talents as director and choreographer to “create and capture seamlessly the joyous comedy and dramatic twists and turns of this truthful and powerful story,” Lamos said in a news release

“In the Heights” is recommended for ages 14 and up. Related events will be held, such as LGBT Night OUT (April 25), Open Captions (May 5), Backstage Pass (May 8) and Thursday TalkBack (May 9). Additional post-show discussions are set for April 25 and May 2. See the website for a full listing.

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Tuesday, April 23-Saturday, May 11. Tuesday 7 p.m., Wednesday 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. $30 and up. Special offers available for seniors, students, educators and playwrights. 203-227-4177