Hit Broadway musical about Dominican immigrant closes on Broadway, movie coming soon

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

“In the Heights” has closed. Last night, the frenzy began the minute the show’s writer-star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, stepped on stage Sunday night, shooing away a posse of graffiti writers outside the Washington Heights bodega run by his character, Usnavi. The audience subsequently gave standing ovations to the numbers “96,000,” “Carnaval del Barrio” and a fiery “Paciencia Y Fe,” sung by Olga Merediz, who has played Abuela Claudia since the show began workshops in 2005. The musical, which melded an old-fashioned story of immigrant striving with Latin rhythms and rap, began its unlikely path to Broadway in writing that Mr. Miranda did while a student at Wesleyan University. (Along with originating the lead part, to which he returned for the last weeks of the 1,185-performance Broadway run, Mr. Miranda wrote the music and lyrics.) For the curtain call, Mr. Miranda matched the rap he delivered when the show won the Best Musical Tony Award in 2008, managing to find rhymes for behind-the scenes talent (“You know we dress and do pizazz well/That’s thanks to costume designer Paul Tazewell) among others he summoned to the stage. (NY TImes) (Note: a feature film is supposed to be released this year).

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