US Nat'l Tour of IN THE HEIGHTS gets its Daniela!

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Finally! The last role (and the most difficult to cast) has been confirmed and finalized: Isabel Santiago will be playing Daniela in the US Nat'l Tour of IN THE HEIGHTS which debuts October 26, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.

The US Tour's full cast announcement is expected shortly.

US Nat'l Tour of IN THE HEIGHTS gets its Daniela!

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It looks like her head was photo-shopped on that body in her headshot. Congrats just the same to Isabel!
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I hope this is true. Isabel is literally pheonemal. The girl has a killer voice. All the best of luck!
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The tour is opening in a matter of weeks. It's about damn time they announce the cast. Congrats to her. She definitely looks like a Daniela.
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any word yet on Usnavi?
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What other cast members have been announced?
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Shaun Taylor-Corbett will be playing Sonny. I remember reading on here that Natalie Toro was cast (I assumed as Daniela but am obviously incorrect).
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THIS Natalie Toro?
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Hell no. Probably Abuela Claudia.
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Isn't she a bit young for Abuela? (Although that horrible picture might suggest otherwise and I can see your point.)
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She looks no younger than Olga.

re: US Nat'l Tour of IN THE HEIGHTS gets its Daniela!
"Hi there, we represent The Broadway Better Business Players for a Better Tomorrow. We're trying to start a petition to get second rate shows taken off the marquee and with your help we can stop Mamma Mia from ever playing again." -Brad Jones in Suburban Knights

"Is it true you have Ralph Jr at the bottom of your purse in a jar of formaldehyde?" - Felicia
"No, but I wish I did so I could shove it down your throat!" - Bernadette

"This play is sh*t! This play is sh*t! F*CK YOU TERRENCE MCNALLY!!"- Patti LuPone as an angry theatre goer at 'Master Class'

"Being normal is VASTLY overrated..."
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Elise Santora is Abuela.
Josť-Luis Lopez is Graffiti Pete
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Then Camilla?
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"No, but I wish I did so I could shove it down your throat!" - Bernadette

"This play is sh*t! This play is sh*t! F*CK YOU TERRENCE MCNALLY!!"- Patti LuPone as an angry theatre goer at 'Master Class'

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Camila would be the only reasonable option left...
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Who's playing Usnavi?
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Ok...I've seen "In the Heights" how is Daniela the hardest to cast by any means?
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The role requires you to nail every single one-liner Daniela has PLUS be able to pull-off that stereotypical latina while adding some human warmth and sincerity to her tough sassy exterior. Its a small role but an enormous audience favorite, which the producers are quite keen on. The other roles in the show are fully rounded, which were easier to cast in many ways. Daniela requires quite a bit, even if its a small role. I also sense that though Isabel Santiago has been officially cast, I wouldn't doubt the producers have a couple of potential Daniela's waiting in the wings in the event some changes need to be made.
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I still haven't seen the show, but Toro is either playing Abuela or Mother. I don't know how big / if it even exists the role of Mother is, but I believe that's what she said she was close to announcing at one of her concerts.
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There is no character called Mother. There is Camilla who is Nina's mother.

I would also assume Daniella has to be a strong vocalist. I always got frustrated in Carnival del Barrio and wish they would crank Andrea's mic a little more. Her vocals are amazing and get kind of drowned out.
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I feel like Santiago would be playing Carla, while Toro is Daniela.

Kyle Beltran is Usnavi.
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I could see Toro playing Camila...and that would probably also be the only reason for me to see this show again.

Well, unless Priscilla Lopez decided to tour, then yes, I would.
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I have been waiting for Kyle Beltran to tour in something he is amazing and can't wait to see him as Usnavi!
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Santiago seems far too old for Carla.
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"Santiago seems far too young for Carla."

I think you mean Daniela. Carla can be played by a 16 year old.
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Woops! I meant to say that Santiago looks too old to be Carla (in response to Broadwayhoofer). I really hope that Kyle as Usnavi is true. I just googled that guy and I could tell right away that he was perfect for the part.
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