By Jack Rico
Viva Broadway, an initiative of the Broadway League, is thrilled to announce that Broadway’s 2008 Tony Award -winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS will be coming back to the stage in the form of a special, one-night only concert aptly named IN THE HEIGHTS: IN CONCERT to take place, where else, in Washington Heights!
The concert will be held at The United Palace of Cultural Arts on February 11th, 2013, close to Valentine’s Day. Tickets will go on sale via Telecharge.com on December 14th, 2012. The event, taking place near the 5th anniversary of the show’s opening night on Broadway, marks the first time ever members of the original Broadway and National tour cast including actor/composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo, Chris Jackson, Olga Merediz, Mandy Gonzalez, Robin De Jesús, Janet Dacal and others, will join together to bring IN THE HEIGHTS back to the uptown neighborhood that inspired it all.
Tickets for IN THE HEIGHTS: IN CONCERT may be purchased online beginning on December 14th by visiting Telecharge.com (212-239-6200). A special block of tickets are available for Upper Manhattan residents that can be purchased in person for $30 each at the Manhattan Times office located at 5030 Broadway, Room 801, New York, New York 10034.
The Broadway League’s Viva Broadway initiative, a new audience development partnership with the Hispanic community to help bridge the world of Broadway with Latino audiences around the country, has embraced IN THE HEIGHTS: IN CONCERT as one of its signature events for 2013. The long-term initiative aims to increase awareness about Broadway while culturally enriching lives, bringing families together, and building new careers in the theatre. A surplus of ticket sales proceeds will go towards The Broadway League’s Family First Nights, a nationwide program specifically designed to encourage at risk families to attend theatre on a regular basis and to local arts programs in Washington Heights.
With the 2009 Grammy Award win for IN THE HEIGHTS Original Broadway Cast Album, IN THE HEIGHTS: IN CONCERT features an exciting stand up concert event featuring such memorable songs as “Breathe,” “96,000,” “When You’re Home,” and “In The Heights.” Tony-award nominated director Thomas Kail and Tony-award winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire are returning for the concert presentation, along with Tony-nominated original lighting and sound designers Howell Binkley and Nevin Steinberg. IN THE HEIGHTS: IN CONCERT is produced by its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and co-produced by Stephen Gabriel and Luis A. Miranda, Jr.
“IN THE HEIGHTS has always been a celebration of the community in Washington Heights. It has been my dream to bring that celebration back to the neighborhood,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I’m thrilled to bring IN THE HEIGHTS: IN CONCERT to United Palace of Cultural Arts, an incredible venue in the heart of Upper Manhattan. I’m also looking forward to sharing the stage with my IN THE HEIGHTS family again. It’s going to be an amazing night.”
“Bringing Broadway to Washington Heights, the actual setting of IN THE HEIGHTS, is a wonderful celebration of live theatre and its many inspirations,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. “Broadway is an art form that is about creating emotions and developing a connection with audiences. Viva Broadway and Family First Nights share the mission of encouraging multiple generations of family to come to Broadway together, so we’re pleased that this collaboration with the IN THE HEIGHTS creative team will enable more people to attend Broadway shows.”
“It is very significant that IN THE HEIGHTS is coming to the Heights, and to the stage of the United Palace (which I like to call the biggest house on Broadway!),” said Xavier Eikerenkoetter, President of United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA). “We are thrilled to have the music of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed production in our venue as the commencement to our new relationship with the midtown Broadway industry, and as a function of our theater arts program, which includes our outreach into the community through United Palace of Cultural Arts. IN THE HEIGHTS is a testament to the heart and soul of this rich community, Washington Heights, which we at UPCA are part of and are pledged to support. I’m extremely happy about this collaboration.”
IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.