Running since February 2008 A new musical about the vibrant cultural mix that is upper Manhattan. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Closes January 9th.
The Broadway production of In the Heights closed January 9, 2011. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
Back when "Rent" took The Street by storm, the East Village was a hotbed of youth and counterculture. Now that you can't find a small studio apartment there for less than $2,000 per month, other areas of town are contending for the title of hipster haven - and though Brooklyn is the clear frontrunner, the upper reaches of Manhattan island are now home to many of the striving classes. Set there, this (actually quite wholesome) new tuner transfer from Off-Broadway looks to the deeper roots of the neighborhood, far, far to the south, Latin America ways, and the largely Latino culture that has emerged north of Harlem.
According to the critics, there aren't too many rough edges in this one - it's a rather wholesome and chipper take on the cultural life of Upper Manhattan, more of a feel-good evening for a family with older kids than the adventuresome night on the town for young couples.
Casting Note - American Idol winner Jordin Sparks joins the show August 19th.
(The) music and... dances are never offstage for too long. Taken together with that talented cast, they make "In the Heights" a destination well-worth traveling to.
New York Daily News
What it lacks in story and believability it makes up for in a vibrant rap- and salsa-flavored score, spirited dances and great-looking design.
New York Magazine
...one of the most satisfying old-timey book musicals in years...
New York Post
There is no real plot, no true drama. Everyone is as cute as a litter of kittens.
New York Times
Although you may lament the efficient but mechanical way these story lines are developed and resolved, staying tuned will be a pleasure if you have any affection for the bubbly or sultry sounds of Latin music.
A happy musical that's really not so far off from Broadway's beaten path as some potential customers might assume, "In the Heights" delivers a festive time that plenty of people will enjoy.
...a big, pulsing power-surge of a show... an upbeat sweetheart of an urban folk tale about changing community in the Dominican/Puerto Rican/Cuban cauldron identity-grab bag near West 181st Street in Washington Heights.
The Journal News
...full of old-fashioned warmth and show business schmaltz.
...not a great musical. But it's about as impossible to dislike as an adorable puppy.
Here is the musical that still believes in the American Dream; the New York musical that still insists anything can happen in New York; the musical now on Broadway that's written of, by, and for a community of relatively recent arrivals in whose minds Broadway is more closely associated with 181st Street than with Times Square. This is lovely and heartening...