Monday, December 7, 2009

My night 'In The Heights'

In the midst of seasonal busyness, I snuck in a night at the theatre last week to see the 2008 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical: In The Heights. Since I don’t get to travel to the real Broadway too often, I always anticipate the annual announcements of the Twin Cities’ Broadway theatre season. When I heard In The Heights was making a stop, I knew it would be the year’s must-see for me. So, after holding on to my tickets for months, I finally saw the show and understood its award-winning appeal.

I would describe In The Heights as RENT meets West Side Story, with some poetic rap for good measure. Here’s the real summary: In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights – 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.

Since you probably didn’t see it, I’ll quit rambling about it and just leave you with a clip:

If you happen to be in NYC soon or lucky enough to be on an upcoming tour stop…check out this show!


  1. I remember seeing the cast perform a song from this show in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade a year ago. They did a great job and I thought then that this was a show I would want to see. I vaguely remember seeing it was coming here and now I am sorry I didn't pay more attention.

  2. This is the performance I remember seeing:

    Thanks for sharing Jen!

  3. Thanks for passing along the Macy's link! That was the opening number of the show. I always love the Broadway performances before the Macy's T-giving parade, but I've missed them the last couple of years.