The producers of the 2008 Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical In The Heights have announced the show will play its final Broadway performance Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 7pm, at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). In The Heights will have played 29 preview and 1,185 regular performances, making it the 79th longest running show in Broadway history, positioning it between the original Broadway productions of Guys and Dolls and Amadeus. Beginning Saturday, December 25, 2010, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator, original star and Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer of In The Heights, will return to his Tony nominated role as Usnavi for the final 19 performances of the Broadway run.
In The Heights began previews on Broadway Thursday, February 14, 2008, after a six-month award-winning 2007 Off-Broadway run. The musical opened on Broadway to critical acclaim Sunday, March 9, 2008, and recouped its $10 million investment in 10 months. In The Heights is produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman Willis, Sander Jacobs, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Peter Fine and Sonny Everett/Mike Skipper with associate producers Ruth Hendel and Harold Newman.
Now in its third year on Broadway In The Heights is the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Lin-Manuel Miranda won the 2008 Tony for Best Music and Lyrics, Andy Blankenbuehler won the 2008 Tony for Best Choreography, and Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations. With a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In The Heights has music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and is directed by Thomas Kail. With music supervision by Alex Lacamoire, Zachary Dietz is music director of In The Heights and music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman. In The Heights features a scenic design by Anna Louizos, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley and sound by ACME Sound Partners.
In The Heights won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. The first national tour of In The Heights launched in October 2009 in Tampa, FL at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and will travel to cities including San Juan, Grand Rapids, Providence, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington, DC, Nashville, and Miami. Last year, In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams premiered on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on PBS HD. IMAGEM MUSIC, the Number #1 independent music publisher in the world, has acquired the worldwide stock and amateur rights to In The Heights. In November, 2008, Universal Pictures acquired the rights to produce a feature film based on In The Height, now in pre-production.
In The Heights is about a vibrant and tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. The music pulses with the hopes and dreams of three generations as they struggle to forge an identity in a neighborhood on the brink of transition.
In The Heights currently stars Jordin Sparks, Kyle Beltran, Andréa Burns, marcy Harriell, Priscilla Lopez, Olga Merediz, Rick Négron, Clifton Oliver, Courtney Reed, Jon Rua and Shaun Taylor-Corbett with Sharona D’Ornellas, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Rubén Flores, Marcus Paul James, Jennifer Locke, Doreen Montalvo, Noah Rivera, Eliseo Román, Gabrielle Ruiz, Marcos Santana, Rickey Tripp, Willis White, Michael Balderrama, Blanca Camacho, Allison Thomas Lee, Alejandra Reyes, Alicia Taylor Tomasko and Daniel J. Watts.