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Photo Flash: Justina Machado Joins IN THE HEIGHTS

Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Jill Furman, the producers of the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In The Heights, announced  the news that Justina Machado has joined the production in the role of "Daniela" for 8 weeks only from Monday, June 29, through Sunday, August 23, 2009 at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street).

Justina Machado is best known as Vanessa Diaz from the critically acclaimed "Six Feet Under." With her "Six Feet Under" co-stars, Justina won a 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. This past television season she was featured on "Ugly Betty" as Cousin Clara and on the final season of "ER" as Claudia Diaz. Recently she was featured in the films The Accidental Husband as Jeffrey Dean Morgan's fiancé opposite Uma Thurman and in renowned French director Bernard Tavenier's feature In the Electric Mist as Tommy Lee Jones' law enforcement partner. In the fall, Justina will be seen on the upcoming CBS show "Three Rivers" opposite Alex O'Laughlin and in the independent film Pedro, which has been accepted into the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.

In The Heights is the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Lin-Manuel Miranda won the 2008 Tony for Best Score, Andy Blankenbuehler won the 2008 Tony for Best Choreography, and Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations. In The Heights began previews on Broadway Thursday, February 14, 2008, after a six-month award-winning 2007 Off-Broadway run. The musical opened on Broadway to critical acclaim Sunday, March 9, 2008, recouped its $10 million investment in 10 months (twice breaking the house record at the Richard Rodgers Theatre) and won a 2008 Grammy Award for the original cast album. In November, 2008, Universal Pictures acquired the rights to produce a feature film based on In The Heights. With a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In The Heights is directed by Thomas Kail. Alex Lacamoire is music director and music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman. In The Heights features a 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.

In The Heights stars Janet Dacal, Robin de Jesús, Mandy Gonzalez, Marcy Harriell, Christopher Jackson, Priscilla Lopez, Justina Machado, Olga Merediz, Javier Muñoz, Rick Négron and Seth Stewart leading a cast of 28 that features Tony Chiroldes, Dwayne Clark, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Afra Hines, Marcus Paul James, Nina Lafarga, Doreen Montalvo, Eliseo Román, Gabrielle Ruiz, Luis Salgado, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Rickey Tripp, Michael Balderrama, Blanca Camacho, Stephanie Klemons, José-Luis Lopez, Antuan Raimone, Alejandra Reyes and Jon Rua.

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.

Tickets for In The Heights range from $41.50 to $121.50, and can be purchased at the Richard Rodgers Box Office or at www.ticketmaster.com. The playing schedule for In The Heights is as follows: Tuesdays and certain Sundays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and/or 8pm, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees Saturdays and certain Sundays at 2pm.

In addition, two hours prior to each performance of In The Heights, a limited number of tickets are sold by lottery for the front row of the Richard Rodgers Theatre at $26.50 per ticket. There is a limit of two tickets per person. The tickets must be paid for in cash and you must be present for the drawing.

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