IN THE HEIGHTS To Receive UK Premiere At Southwark, May 9-June 7

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IN THE HEIGHTS To Receive UK Premiere At Southwark,  May 9-June 7

Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights will receive its London Premiere in a brand new production in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 9 May (press night Thursday 15 May at 8.00pm) it was announced today.

Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, In The Heights is an exhilarating 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. With a gripping story and incredible Latin and hip-hop infused score, In The Heights is a groundbreaking 21st century musical about what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.

In The Heights opened at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre in February 2008. The production was nominated for thirteen 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 today: "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. Recent directing credits include Hundred and One Dalmatians at the Castle Theatre, Happy Never After at Pleasance Theatre, Peter Pan at the Beck Theatre, Mort at the Rose Theatre, Bed And Sofa at the Finborough Theatre and The Great British Soap Opera and Jet Set Go! at Jermyn Street Theatre.

It will be choreographed by Drew McOnie, whose recent work includes the critically acclaimed new production ofChicago at Leicester's Curve Theatre and The McOnie Company's inaugural production Drunk at the Bridewell Theatre. Other recent work includes a collaboration with Matthew Bourne for the Coronation Festival Gala at Buckingham Palace,West Side Story for NYMT at Victoria Warehouse, 13 directed by Jason Robert Brown at the Apollo Theatre, Laurel and Hardy at the Watermill Theatre and the UK Tour of James and the Giant Peach.

Casting to be announced.

In The Heights is conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda with Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. It is directed by Luke Sheppard with choreography by Drew McOnie, musical supervision by Tom Deering (From Here To Eternity, The Color Purple) and lighting design 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. Casting is by Will Burton.

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Carrie Dunn Carrie is the UK editor-in-chief for BroadwayWorld. After spending her formative years reading books and ending up with a Masters degree in English literature from King's College London, it was inevitable that Carrie should be a journalist. Her pure and simple delight in the art-form of musical theatre led to the Guardian asking her to be their West End Girl. Since then, she's picked up a PhD, and also written for many other UK publications, including the Times and the Independent. She has many eclectic loves, including sport, karaoke, reality television, MMORPGs, three-volume Victorian novels, the British seaside, embroidery and Veronica Mars.


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