Published on April 22nd, 2010 | by Kathy0
Broadway Across America presents In The Heights at Bass Concert Hall
By Kathy Flores
If you’ve never experienced a live Broadway play, then you are in luck because Broadway Across America presents In the Heights at Bass Concert Hall. I had the privilege of making it to opening night and I am still in awe of the emotionally moving story I saw play out in front of me. Set in the Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Heights, a tale of sacrifice, family struggles and relationships unfolds. Between the young characters Nina, Usnavi and Vanessa struggling with far-off dreams and an older generation trying to make a better life for their kids, you’re sure to feel a wide range of emotion from these powerful and insightful lives.
Writer, composer and performer Lin Manuel Miranda, drew from his own experiences growing up in Washington Heights to address the struggle between family roots, traditions and a changing world. He wrote the first version of In The Heights while he was at Wesleyan University; and after four years of perfecting, it finally made its way to the Broadway stage. Picking from countless memories of the corner bodega, open fire hydrants on hot summer days and afternoons with his abuela, he creates a multicultural world that transplants the viewer right into the Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic’s flag lined streets. Miranda does such a great job of recreating the barrio that you can almost taste the piraguas from the onstage street vendor.
It’s not everyday you get to experience Broadway, especially when you don’t live in New York, so I encourage everyone to get your tickets now. Although before bringing the young kiddos, please note that while the show has a very positive family theme, it also contains mild language and adult situations. In The Heights is playing at Bass Concert Hall thru April 25th. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now at www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Only 5 performances left so hurry hurry!