Review: In the Heights

In the Heights is a modern musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, currently playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and produced by the Arts Club Theatre company. It features a unique narrative style and lively score that have made it very popular with the theatre community, and very challenging.

The musical features an innovative mixture of rap and lyrical narration that requires an immense amount of dedication and enthusiasm. Kate Blackburn gave an especially compelling performance as Nina, with some songs that brought the audience to tears. Luc Roderique was more than up to the challenge of engaging narrator Usnavi, opening the show and carrying the story with energy and feeling. A live band played from backstage, which is admirable considering the stylistic difficulties of the score.

The musical centers around a Latino neighborhood in New York City and the residents’ struggles with businesses, friends and family. Connected by their cultures and history together, the show’s characters weave an intricate tapestry of community and belonging.

In the Heights will run until June 7th at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre. Tickets and more information can be found here. 

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