VIDEO: Get A First Look at IN THE HEIGHTS' US Spanish Language Premiere!
The U.S. premiere in Spanish of the ground-breaking musical In The Heights. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, music and lyrics by Mr. Miranda will conclude the 41rd main stage season of Teatro Gala. Check out the cast in dress rehearsal photos below!
In The Heights is being directed and choreographed by original Broadway's Latin Assistant Choreographer Luis Salgado who also directed a Spanish production of Speed-the-Plow back in August 2015 with a multicultural cast.
In The Heights is Music Directed by Walter "Bobby" McCoy. The production will run April 20 through May 21, 2017 at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Parking is available behind the theatre at the Giant Food garage on Park Road, NW for $4.
While there are surtitles for all performances, which are primarily in Spanish, this production integrates some English to better reflect the use of both languages by the characters. Thus, the surtitles will be in English and Spanish, as appropriate.
Featured in the cast are New York actors Juan Luis Espinal as Usnavi, who appeared in La Canción at Repertorio Español (2017 ACE Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical); Laura Lebrón as Nina, who originated the role in the Santo Domingo production; Verónica Álvarez as Vanessa, who has appeared in Cabaret and West Side Story; and Vaughn Ryan Midder as Benny from Washington, DC, who appeared in Avenue Q at Constellation Theatre Company (Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding Supporting Actor).
Other cast members are Michelle Ríos (Abuela Claudia); Rafael Beato (Sonny); Scheherazade Quiroga (Daniela); Gabriella Pérez (Carla); Shadia Fairuz (Camila) José Fernando Capellán (Kevin); Felix Marchany (Piragua Guy); and Myriam Gadri(Graffiti Pete).
Press Night is Friday, April 21 and Noche de GALA is Saturday, April 22, 2017, under the gracious patronage of the His Excellency José Tomás Pérez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United States. The production is made possible in part with generous support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency for the National Endowment for the Arts; Target; PNC; Craig Pascal and Victor Shargai; and Arturo and Hilda Brillembourg.
In The Heights! will run April 20 through May 21 2017 at GALA Theatre (3333 14th Street NW). Tickets are $60.