"IN THE HEIGHTS"
Spring Break in Nashville (con’t.)
Little Sister booked tickets to the musical "IN THE HEIGHTS." What a treat. If you thought Nashville was only the centre for Country Music you would be wrong…..dead wrong.
"IN THE HEIGHTS" ran on Broadway for three years and won four Tony Awards. It played its final Broadway performance on January 9, 2011. The final tour performance was April 3, 2011.
"IN THE HEIGHTS," tour performance in Nashville just happened to be the same week of my Spring Break visit.
"This lively musical’s score includes rap, hip-hop, salsa and merengue. Similar in feel to traditional musicals like Fiddler on the Roof, painting a portrait of a community that is experiencing internal growing pains while the outside world closes in."
"IN THE HEIGHTS" was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda while in his sophomore year at Wesleyan University. It is the story of a vibrant multicultural neighbourhood, narrated by the cafe con leche-selling Usnavi. Camilla and Kevin Rosario struggle to make ends meet running a gypsy cab service, while dreaming of bigger things for their daughter Nina, a freshman at Stanford University. Meanwhile Nina and her parents’ African-American employee, Benny, have fallen for each other despite her parents’ protestations, and she’s running out of cash to stay in college. Then there’s Usnavi’s lottery-loving surrogate grandmother, Abuela Claudia; his ambitious but debt-burdened crush, Vanessa; and his cousin, Sonny, a wannabe ladies’ man."