Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, In the Heights is a journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan’s most vibrant communities – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which traditions to take with you, and which ones to leave behind.
In the Heights opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in February 2008. The production was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning four for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It was also nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Southwark Playhouse artistic director Chris Smyrnios said: “In the Heights is a celebration of community and identity, but it is also a chronicle of the challenges facing a neighbourhood on the cusp of change. With Southwark Playhouse sitting at the heart of a passionate community faced with significant redevelopment, it’s an inspiring place to be debuting a new production of this bold piece.”
The London premiere will be directed by Luke Sheppard, associate director of Matilda in the West End/Broadway, and also Singin’ in the Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre/Palace Theatre.
It will be choreographed by Drew McOnie, whose recent work includes the critically acclaimed new production of Chicago at Leicester’s Curve and the McOnie Company’s inaugural production Drunk at the Bridewell Theatre.
In the Heights is conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Musical supervision is by Tom Deering (From Here to Eternity, The Color Purple) and lighting design is by Howard Hudson (Titanic, Taboo). The London premiere is produced by Runaway Entertainment Ltd and Paul Taylor Mills Ltd, and presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.
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