'In The Heights' to Receive Equity's ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus
IN THE HEIGHTS will receive Actors' Equity Association Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) Second Annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. This award honors the distinctive talents and contributions made by the chorus of a Broadway musical. The award ceremony will be held at the September 23rd ACCA meeting at Equity's headquarters in New York City.
The winners of the ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus, all of whom were part of the IN THE HEIGHTS chorus on the musical's March 9, 2008 opening night, are: Michael Balderrama, Blanca Camacho, Tony Chiroldes, Rogelio Douglas, Jr. Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Joshua Henry, Afra Hines, Stephanie Klemons, Nina LaFarga, Doreen Montalvo, Javier Muñoz, Krysta Rodriguez, Eliseo Román, Luis Salgado, Shaun Taylor-Corbett and Rickey Tripp.
"The chorus of IN THE HEIGHTS truly exemplifies the hard work, dedication and talent it takes to be outstanding in a Broadway musical," said Jean-Paul Richard, Equity's Second Vice President and ACCA Chair.
Of the eight (8) chorus musicals in the 2007-2008 season, four (4) were nominated: IN THE HEIGHTS, XANADU, CRY BABY and SOUTH PACIFIC. The criteria applied by the ACCA, all of who are Equity members who have worked under Chorus contracts, included what was required of each chorus by the director, the choreographer, the musical director and the caliber of skill used to execute those requirements. The Committee then deliberated on the requisite technical skill of the chorus actor and the contributions the entire chorus made to the overall production.
IN THE HEIGHTS is about a vibrant and tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. The music pulses with the hopes and dreams of three generations as they struggle to forge an identity in a neighborhood on the brink of transition. IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Music and Lyrics (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Best Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler), and Best Orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman). With a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, IN THE HEIGHTS is directed by Thomas Kail. Alex Lacamoire is musical director and music arrangements are by Mr. Lacamoire and Bill Sherman. IN THE HEIGHTS features scenic design by Anna Louizos, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley and sound by Acme Sound Partners. IN THE HEIGHTS is produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman, Sander Jacobs, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Peter Fine and Sonny Everett/Mike Skipper with associate producers Ruth Hendel and Harold Newman.
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 46,000 professional stage actors and stage managers nationwide. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.