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Week 1: In the Heights in DC! In Spanish w/ English surtitles
April 20 @ 8:00 pm - April 23 @ 4:30 pm
GALA presents the much anticipated U.S. premiere in Spanish (with English surtitles) of the 2008 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical “In The Heights”. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, music and lyrics by Mr. Miranda, In The Heights is directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado (Latin Assistant Choreographer of the Tony Award winning musical, performer in the Gloria Estefan musical, On Your Feet! on Broadway). Music Director is Walter “Bobby” McCoy (2016 Helen Hayes Award – Outstanding Musical Direction: Old Wicked Songs at 1st Stage). The production will RUN APRIL 20 THROUGH MAY 21.
The performances are in Spanish, with some English integrated to better reflect the use of both languages by the characters. Surtitles translate Spanish to English and vice versa.
This spirited musical by the creator of Hamilton tells a story of the love, hopes and heartbreaks of a tightly knit multicultural community on the brink of change in New York’s Washington Heights. Teeming with vivid neighborhood characters such as the romantically skittish bodega owner, attractive beautician, wise grandmother, and a young student and her culturally different boyfriend, the stage will sizzle with the urban energy of hip hop, salsa, merengue, and reggaeton.
“When I was asked to direct the U.S. premiere in Spanish at GALA by Producing Artistic Director Hugo Medrano,” states director Luis Salgado, “I didn’t think twice. I even decided to leave my current Broadway show so I could be with the incredible cast and GALA team through the entire process. This is how much this historic event means to me.
“In The Heights has always lived deep in my soul and a labor of love that goes beyond any traditional “job”. It lifts my spirit to work on a show that honors my Latino community in pure celebration of its people and heritage, and that doesn’t rely or limit itself with the stereotypical “conflict” of drugs or violence to make great theatre. I hope that this production will inspire and empower audiences at a time when the political tone has denigrated minorities.”
Featured in the cast are New York actors Juan Luis Espinal as Usnavi, who appeared in La Canción at Repertorio Español (2017 ACE Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical); Laura Lebrón as Nina, who originated the role in the Santo Domingo production; Verónica Álvarez Robles as Vanessa, who has appeared in Cabaret and West Side Story; and Vaughn Ryan Midder as Benny from Washington, DC, who appeared in Avenue Q at Constellation Theatre Company (Helen Hayes Award – Outstanding Supporting Actor).
Other cast members are Michelle Ríos (Abuela Claudia); Rafael Beato (Sonny); Scheherazade Quiroga (Daniela); Gabriella Pérez (Carla); Shadia Fairuz (Camila) José Fernando Capellán (Kevin); Felix Marchany (Piragua Guy); and Myriam Gadri (Graffiti Pete).
Ensemble members are Aaron Cobos, Hector Flores Jr., José Manuel Ozuna, Luis Ramos, Nathalia Raigosa, Ximena Salgado, Melinette Pallares, and Amaya Perea.
SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, April 20, 2017: Industry Night. Preview.
Friday, April 21, 2017: Press Night. Enjoy talk-back with director Luis Salgado and part of the cast!
Saturday, April 22, 2017: Noche de GALA. Mingle with the artists at our post-performance reception!
Performances are Thursday thorugh Saturday at 8m, and Sundays at 2 pm.
Single tickets are $60. Tickets for Senior Citizens (65+), Military, and Students are $40. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more until April 15, 2017. Tickets for Noche de GALA and Artist Reception are $100 per individual, $175 per couple.
The production is made possible in part with generous support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency for the National Endowment for the Arts; Target; PNC; Craig Pascal and Victor Shargai; and Arturo and Hilda Brillembourg.