‘In the Heights’ Headed to the Heights

The United Palace will host “In the Heights: In Concert” for just one night. (Photo by via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

The Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” which had a successful run on Broadway from 2008 to 2011, will reunite on stage for a one-night only concert in the Uptown neighborhood that gave the show its name, Owen Panettieri reports in Manhattan Times.

“In the Heights: In Concert” will take place at the Washington Heights’s baroque gem United Palace Theatre on Feb. 11. The show was announced by Viva Broadway, an initiative of the Broadway League, in collaboration with 5000 Broadway Productions, United Palace of Cultural Arts, and Manhattan Times.

“In The Heights” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

“In The Heights has always been a celebration of the community in Washington Heights. It has been my dream to bring that celebration back to the neighborhood,” said creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“I’m thrilled to bring In The Heights: In Concert to United Palace of Cultural Arts, an incredible venue in the heart of northern Manhattan. I am also looking forward to sharing the stage with my In The Heights family again.”

The musical In The Heights, which helped put northern Manhattan and its community on the map, tells the universal story of the Washington Heights neighborhood, “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,” explained Miranda.

In addition to Miranda, a northern Manhattan native who is also the composer-lyricist of the musical and portrayed the lead character, Usnavi, the show will reunite from the original Broadway cast: Tony Award winner Karen Olivo, Olga Merediz, Robin De Jesús, as well as Mandy Gonzales, Christopher Jackson and Janet Dacal. Also returning are director Tommy Kail and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire.

The concert is produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and co-produced by his father, The Manhattan Times publisher Luis A. Miranda, Jr. and tour producer Stephen Gabriel.

Sandra García-Betancourt, Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) noted, “This concert is a milestone for the performing arts in our community. Lin-Manuel and his dad Luis, co-founder of NoMAA, are real champions of our neighborhood.”

“It is very significant that In The Heights: In Concert is coming to the Heights, and to the stage of the United Palace,” added Xavier Eikerenkoetter, President of United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA).

“We are thrilled to have the music of Lin-Manuel’s acclaimed production in our venue as the commencement to our new relationship with the midtown Broadway industry. In The Heights is a testament to the heart and soul of this rich community, which we at UPCA are part of and are pledged to support. I’m extremely happy about this collaboration.”

According to the article, proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support local arts programming in Washington Heights and the Broadway League’s Family First Nights, a program targeted for at-risk families.

Tickets for “In the Heights: In Concert” may be purchased online by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. A special block of $30 tickets is available for northern Manhattan residents that can be purchased in person at the Manhattan Times office located at 5030 Broadway, Room 801.

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