Nominated in 2008 for 13 Tony Awards, taking home four including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestration, "In the Heights" is a favorite "new" Broadway show that ranks high on my list of audience enjoyment.
It's an exuberant contemporary musical that follows three days in the lives of residents living in New York's largely Hispanic Washington Heights neighborhood and Aurora's Paramount Theatre is launching its third Broadway subscription series this September with the first local professional staging of "In the Heights." Performances are Sept. 11 through Oct. 6.
For as little as $73.80, subscribers can purchase "In the Heights" plus three Tony Award-winning best musicals at the Paramount for 2013-14 - "Miss Saigon" (directed by Jim Corti, Oct. 30-Nov. 24), "42nd Street" (directed by Rachel Rockwell, Jan. 15-Feb. 9, 2014) and "Rent" (directed by Jim Corti, March 12-April 6, 2014). Here's a chance for Times readers to join the nearly 20,000 Broadway series subscribers who have already taken advantage of Paramount's "Buy Two Shows, Get Two Shows Free" offer.
And to meet growing demand for what this stage venue bills as its "better than Broadway" productions, Paramount has extended its Broadway series runs from three to four weeks in 2013-14. Weekend performance times also have changed from last year's Broadway schedule. Paramount's 2013-14 performance schedule is Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Single tickets to In the Heights are also on sale for $36.90 to $49.90. For renewals, new subscriptions, single tickets and information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or visit the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours prior to evening performances.
Conceived and featuring music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with a book by Pulitzer Prize- winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, "In the Heights" transports audiences to a Latino enclave on 183rd Street in New York City where family bonds are strong and neighborhood ties are equally as binding. But change is in the air that will impact everyone. It's a story of dreams and sacrifices, loyalties and love, all taking place in one city block surrounded by millions. The pure energy of the barrio pulses with the poetry of rap, soaring ballads and powerful Latin-inspired grooves resulting in one of the most original scores to hit Broadway in years. The musical is rated PG for audiences.
Rockwell, who directed Paramount's acclaimed productions of "Hair," "Annie" and "The Music Man," is directing. The cast features Nick Demeris (Usnavi), Paula Scrofano (Abuela Claudia), Lillian Castillo (Carla), Keely Vasquez (Daniela), Ricardo Gutierrez (Kevin), Lucinda Johnston (Camila), Luis Herrera (Sonny), Jonathan Butler-Duplessis (Benny), Caitlainne Rose Gurreri (Vanessa), Christina Nieves (Nina), Kris Santiago (Graffiti Pete) and David Baida (Piragua Guy).