In the Heights

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Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  6f, 6m

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda / Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes / Conceived By Lin-Manuel Miranda

In the vibrant New York City neighbourhood of Washington Heights, bodega owner Usnavi and his friends dream, hope and work for a bright future.

Photo: Joan Marcus

In the Heights
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OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 6m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2008 Tony Award, Best Musical
    Winner! 2008 Tony Award, Best Original Score
    Winner! 2008 Tony Award, Best Orchestrations
    Nominee: Thirteen 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical
    Winner! Two 2007 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical
    Nominee: Nine 2007 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Music & Lyrics
    Nominee: 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Description

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighbourhood - 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. 

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

In the Heights takes place in contemporary Washington Heights, New York City during 3 days in July.

Specific Locations 
Usnavi's bodega
The hair salon
Rosario's Car & Limousine
Around the neighbourhood
Rosario household
The Club
A fire escape

Casting

6f, 6m
Cast Attributes
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

In the Heights celebrates, uplifts, and amplifies a Latinx community in New York City. To honour the authors’ vision and to clearly and appropriately tell that story, the roles should be cast accordingly. Company members must match the character definitions as written in the script.

PRINCIPALS
3 Women
3 Men

FEATURED
3 Men
3 Women

CHARACTERS
USNAVI DE LA VEGA, owner of De La Vega Bodega, Latino
NINA ROSARIO, a freshman at Stanford University, Latina
KEVIN ROSARIO, Nina's father, owner of Rosario's Car Service, Latino
CAMILA ROSARIO, Nina's mother, co-owner of Rosario's, Latina
BENNY, employee of Rosario's, African-American
VANESSA, works at the salon, Latina
SONNY, Usnavi's cousin, Latino
ABUELA CLAUDIA, raised Usnavi, though not his blood grandmother, Latina
DANIELA, owner of Daniela's Salon, Latina
CARLA, works at the salon, Latina
GRAFFITI PETE, an artist
PIRAGÜERO (PIRAGUA GUY), scrapes piraguas from his block of ice, Latino

ENSEMBLE: 5 Women, 6 Men

Music

  • Musical Style: Contemporary Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Act I

1. "In The Heights" - Usnavi, Company
2. "Breathe" - Nina, Company
3. "Benny's Dispatch" - Benny, Nina
4. "It Won't Be Long Now" - Vanessa, Usnavi, Sonny
5. "Inútil (Useless)" - Kevin
6. "No Me Diga" - Daniela, Carla, Vanessa, Nina
7. "96000" - Usnavi, Benny, Sonny, Vanessa, Daniela, Carla, Company
8. "Paciencia Y Fe (Patience And Faith)" - Abuela Claudia, Company
9. "When You're Home" - Nina, Benny, Company
10. "Piragua" - The Club
11. "The Club" - Company
12. "Blackout" - Company

Act II

13. "Sunrise" - Nina, Benny, Company
14. "Hundreds Of Stories" - Abuela Claudia, Usnavi
15. "Enough" - Camila
16. "Carnaval Del Barrio" - Daniela, Company
17. "Atención" - Kevin
18. "Alabanza" - Usnavi, Nina, Company
19. "Everything I Know" - Nina
20. "Piragua (Reprise)" - Piragua Guy
21. "Champagne" - Vanessa, Usnavi
22. "When The Sun Goes Down" - Nina, Benny
23. "Finale" - Usnavi, Company

13-Piece Broadway:
Reed I: (Flute, Piccolo [preferably wooden], Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax)
Reed II: (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax)
Trumpet I: (Bb Trumpet, Flugel, Bb Piccolo Trumpet)
Trumpet II: (Bb Trumpet, Flugel)
Trombone I
Trombone II
Keyboard I/Conductor
Keyboard II
Bass: (Electric, Fretless) 
Guitar: (Nylon Acoustic, Steel Acoustic, Electric, Tres)
Drums [1 player]:
(Kit, Triangle, Metal Guiro, Timbales, Maracas, China Cymbal, Piccolo Snare, Soprano Snare, Shaker, Small Shaker, Cha Bell, Mark Tree, Wood Block, Small Wood Block, Repinique, Jam Block, Roto-Toms
Percussion [2 players]:
(Bongos, Congas, Surdo, Floor Tom, Timbales, Djembe, Concert Bass Drum, Cajón, Suspended Cymbal (2), China Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, Ride Cymbal, Shaker, Heavy Shaker, Big Shaker, Medium Shaker, Small Shaker, Teeny Shaker, Samba Shaker, Hip-Hop Shaker, One Shot Shaker, Cloth Shaker, Small Cloth Shaker, Egg Shaker, LP Cocktail Shaker, Liso Shaker, Metal Guiro, Wooden Guiro, Maracas, Caxixi, Small Caxixi (2), Cabasa, Claves, Hip-Hop Claves, Latin Claves, Large Wood Block, Medium Wood Block, Small Wood Block, Tiny Wood Block, Granite Block, Triangle, Large Triangle, Small Triangle, Triangle (Miller Block), Finger Cymbals, Castanets, Jingle Bells, Agogo Bells, Cowbell (Campana/Bongo Bell), Wooden Bell, Tam-Tam, Tambourine, Samba Whistle, Wind Chines, Mark Tree, Vibraslap, Timpani, Vibraphone, Chimes (only 2 notes: D and A))

9-Piece Tour:
Reed: (Flute, Piccolo [preferably wooden], Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax)
Trumpet: (Bb Trumpet, Flugel, Bb Piccolo Trumpet)
Trombone
Keyboard I/Conductor
Keyboard II
Guitar: (Nylon Acoustic, Steel Acoustic, Electric, Tres)
Bass: (Electric, Fretless)
Drums [1 player]:
(Kit, Timbales, Roto-Toms, Repinique, Piccolo Snare, Soprano Snare, China Cymbal Shaker, Small Shaker, Cloth Shaker, One Shot Shaker, Maracas, Metal Guiro, Wood Block, Small Wood Block, Clave Block, Jam Block, Granite Block, Cha Bell, Cowbell (Campana/Bongo Bell), Triangle, Mark Tree)
Percussion [1 player]:
(Bongos, Congas, Surdo, Floor Tom, Djembe, Concert Bass Drum, Cajón, Suspended Cymbal (2), China Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, Ride Cymbal, Shaker, Heavy Shaker, Medium Shaker, Teeny Shaker, Samba Shaker, Hip-Hop Shaker, One Shot Shaker, Egg Shaker, Liso Shaker, Maracas, Caxixi, Small Caxixi (2), Cabasa, Claves, Hip-Hop Claves, Large Wood Block, Medium Wood Block, Small Wood Block, Tiny Wood Block, Granite Block, Triangle, Large Triangle, Small Triangle, Triangle (Miller Block), Finger Cymbals, Castanets, Jingle Bells, Cowbell (Campana/Bongo Bell), Wooden Bell, Tam-Tam, Tambourine, Samba Whistle, Wind Chines, Mark Tree, Vibraslap, Timpani, Vibraphone, Chimes (only 2 notes: D and A))

Materials

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package:
25 Libretto Vocal
1 Piano Vocal
1 Keyboard Conductor
1 Reed I
1 Reed II
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Keyboard II
1 Bass
1 Drums
1 Guitar
2 Percussion

Tour Package:
25 Libretto Vocal
1 Piano Vocal
1 Keyboard Conductor
1 Reed
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Keyboard II
1 Guitar
1 Bass
1 Drums
1 Percussion

Piano Only:
25 Libretto Vocal
1 Piano Vocal

Optional Performance Tracks & Keyboard Patches/Programming:
Performance Tracks of the Broadway Version and Keyboard Patches for the Full and Tour Versions are available through Real Time Music Solutions (RMS) at an additional fee. Interested licensees should reach out to RMS directly to secure Sinfonia Performance Tracks and/or KeyboardEase Keyboard Patches.

Media

Press

"An exuberant, animated shrine to the importance of family ties and being faithful to where you come from." — Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"In the Heights is the West Side Story for a new generation!" — Chicago Sun-Times

"A groundbreaking 21st-century musical. This extraordinary blend of old and new pushes the sound of Broadway even deeper into fresh territory. It's one of the most satisying musicals in years." — Jeremy McCarter, New York Magazine

"The future of the Broadway musical has been restored by a single show and the remarkable young man who created it. It's a show for the ages -- all ages. At In the Heights, Broadway is transported north to a world full of energy and life. If you're inclined to see one show... make it this one. Make this one your first show if you haven't been. It's a great place to take a date and families will make memories together. There's magic In the Heights." — Sandy Kenyon, ABC-TV

"A big, pulsing power-surge of a show, igniting a new energy source for musical theatre. For all the freshness of sound, the show stands firmly - even proudly - in the tradition of the theatre. This upper West Side Story has roots back to Fiddler on the Roof." — Linda Winer, Newsday

"This town just got a tiny but more wonderful. In The Heights pulses to a joyful new beat, and youthfulness has its advantages. Lin-Manuel Miranda has turned this Upper Upper West Side story into a 'Carnaval del Barrio.' It made me think of a much earlier valentine to a New York neighborhood: Wonderful Town. Deeply pleasurable." — Eric Grode, The New York Sun

"One of the most polished and exuberant musicals now on Broadway, with bursting energy. A nonstop musical with enough dancing to wear out the choreographer, and songs that range from breathless compositions to lovely ballads. If you have any rhytm in your heart, you shouldn't miss it." — David Richardson, WOR Radio

"'Heights soars on Broadway! I wouldn't have thought it possible, but it's even more joyous and high-spirited than it was Off-Broadway. The show is a celebration, filled with love, loyalty and neighborliness, and flooded with waves of music. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the remarkable young songwriter and star, pulls out all the stops." — Robert Feldberg, The Record

"A destination well worth traveling to. Joyous, tantalizingly atmospheric, with sexy, hip-swaying choreography, and spice swirling through its liveliness." — Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

"The show is so willing in so many ways! A delicious score, dynamite dancing and a good-hearted story fuse into an exuberant entertainment. There's simply no resisting the rhythmic appeal of Miranda's music, which vividly merges Latino spiciness with Broadway pizzazz. It has a gereral feeling of joyfulness." — Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger

"An infectious celebration with a dynamic, toe-tapping score, a terrific, truly winning cast and some of the most spirited dancing on Broadway! This buoyant musical also nods reverently to the traditions of the show tune." — David Rooney, Variety

"In the Heights represents change on Broadway: It's contemporary, heartfelt, and full of hope." — Richard Zoglin, Time

"With youthful energy, street-savvy stylings and exuberant production numbers, In The Heights' greatest asset is its warm center. I dare you to resist the endearing characters." — Elysa Gardner, USA Today

Music Samples

Videos

  • In The Heights Tony Award Performance

  • In the Heights - The Club

  • In the Heights - Paciencia Y Fe

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Photos

  • In the Heights

    Credit: Joan Marcus

  • In the Heights

    Credit: Joan Marcus

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Authors

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and actor. He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning musicals Hamilton and In the Heights. Hamilton - with book, music and lyrics by Mr. Miranda, in addition to his originating the title role - was awarded the ...

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Quiara Alegría Hudes

Quiara Alegrí­a Hudes is a playwright, professor of writing and theater at Wesleyan University, and native of West Philly, U.S.A. Hailed for her work's exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. They are Water By the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitze ...

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