Hurry! There’s a celebration going on at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. It’s called In the Heights, and it’ll make you shimmy, sing, laugh, and, perhaps, shed a tear or two – but only until January 3.
Conceived by 29 year-old Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights explores a tightly-knight neighborhood founded in love, laughter, tradition, hopes and dreams. Based on his life growing up in Washington Heights, Miranda created this show to celebrate the community that influenced and shaped him as a young adult. And from the moment Usnavi, a charismatic shop owner played by Kyle Beltran in this first-rate national tour, introduces us into his world, we know we’re in for a great time.
However, little does Usnavi know that his world is about to change forever as major events – some driven by fate and some born out of necessity – take place during one scorching July 4 weekend.
Usnavi may be our gateway into his community, but once we are in, we feel right at home. You know these people. You don’t have to be an immigrant, a second- or third-generation child of an immigrant, or even Latino, to make a connection. The struggles and desires these people have are universal. And, thankfully, we have an eager, lively cast to embody these tales.