Westport Country Playhouse opens its 2019 season with ‘In the Heights’
Westport Country Playhouse is opening its 2019 season with “In the Heights,” whose director/choreographer and three cast members performed in the original Broadway production.
The Tony Award-winning musical, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, runs from Tuesday, April 23, through Saturday, May 11.
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Director and choreographer Marcos Santana, who performed in the Broadway production of the hit, also choreographed last season’s playhouse production of “Man of La Mancha.” The cast also includes three actors from the original Broadway company: Blanca Camacho, Tony Chiroldes and Doreen Montalvo.
Before his smash hit “Hamilton,” Miranda captivated audiences with “In the Heights,” a love letter to New York City’s famed Washington Heights, a vibrant community on the brink of change, the playhouse said in a news release. “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 said.
The contemporary musical is recommended for ages 14 and up.
“With one of the most exciting casts in recent playhouse memory, we are thrilled to bring back Marcos Santana, the amazingly gifted choreographer who collaborated with me on last season’s ‘Man of La Mancha,’ ” playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos was quoted as saying. “For ‘In the Heights,’ he now wears two hats, ‘Director’ and ‘Choreographer,’ to create and capture seamlessly the joyous comedy and dramatic twists and turns of this truthful and powerful story.”
Special series feature Taste of Tuesday (April 23), LGBT Night OUT (April 25), Opening Night (April 27), Sunday Symposium (April 28), Together at the Table Family Dinner (April 30), Open Captions (May 5), Backstage Pass (May 8), Playhouse Happy Hour (May 9), and Thursday TalkBack (May 9). Additional post-show discussions are planned for April 25 and May 2.
Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Single tickets start at $30. 203- 227-4177, westportplayhouse.org