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Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Paul Daigneault

Musical Direction by Nicholas James Connell
Choreographed by Larry Sousa

“A musical tribute to family and home that will send you out of the theater dancing.” – Boston Globe

Winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, In The Heights is a potent reminder of the importance of chasing one’s dreams and finding where you belong. Set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, this exuberant show spices up traditional Broadway fare with hip hop, salsa and rap to tell the stories of the residents of this close-knit Latin community.

Run time: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission

IN THE HEIGHTS is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.

 

 

 

Cast | Production Staff | Authors


Cast

ANTHONY ALFARO

ANTHONY ALFARO (Piragua Guy) SpeakEasy: Debut. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Anthony is currently finishing up his senior year at The Boston Conservatory where he’s pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. Boston credits include Bat Boy: The Musical (Rev. Hightower) with Metro Stage Co.; Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas); HAIR (Woof); and The Apple Tree at The Boston Conservatory. Other favorite credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Frank-N-Furter), Forever Plaid (Jinx), and White Christmas (Bob Wallace). Anthony is also a proud graduate of LaGuardia Arts HS. Love and gratitude to everyone at SpeakEasy and mi familia bonita.

JORGE BARRANCO

JORGE BARRANCO (Sonny) is enthralled to make his SpeakEasy debut. He is a musical theatre major at The Boston Conservatory. Past productions at the conservatory include Between Time and Timbuktu, Reefer Madness, Urinetown and The Apple Tree. In Miami, his hometown, he has had to honor of being a part of The Area Stage Company's Cabaret. He has also been in How to Succeed, Rising Stars, Bat Boy and Thoroughly Modern Millie, at New World School of the Arts. He would like to thank his loving family and friends for their constant support. Patience and Faith!

CHRISTIAN DENZEL BUFFORD

CHRISTIAN DENZEL BUFFORD (Ensemble) considers himself privileged to be making his SpeakEasy debut this summer. Originally from North Carolina, he is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Now a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory, Christian studies Musical Theatre. His past credits include The Rocky Horror Show with the Gold Dust Orphans and The Donkey Show with the American Repertory Theatre. He was also seen in Gershwin Spectacular! with the Boston POPS as well the infamous Car Talk: The Musical!!! at Central Square Theatre. He has also danced for the incomparable Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. He is so delighted to be spending his summer with so many of his BoCo colleagues and wants to give a huge thank you to Sarah, Mom, Dad and Kayla for being the most amazing support system that he could have ever dreamed of. Gah GAH!!

TONY CASTELLANOS

TONY CASTELLANOS* (Kevin) making his SpeakEasy debut is a native of Phoenix, AZ now lives in New York. BFA Musical Theatre U of A, Tucson, AZ. Theatre Credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), Zapata! The Musical (NYMF), The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre by the Sea), Red! Hot! and Blue! (Musicals Tonight), The Yellow Brick Road (Theatreworks USA tour), City of Angels (The Gallery Players) Tony is excited to finally be doing In The Heights!!! I’d like to give a big thanks to the SpeakEasy for this opportunity. Para mi Papi y Mami! Puerto Rico y Mexico!!! Tony is a proud member of R.Evolucion Latina in NY! revolucionlatina.org

SARAH CRANE

SARAH CRANE (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her SpeakEasy debut. Other Boston credits include all 90 performances of Car Talk: The Musical! and A.R.T's Donkey Show. She is a rising Senior at The Boston Conservatory and has appeared in Curtains, Opening Note! and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Doing this show with so many of her closest friends is a dream come true! Sarah is a Miami native and wants to thank New World School of the Arts, The Boston Conservatory and her Mom and Dad for all of their support.

LAUREN CSETE

LAUREN CSETE (Ensemble) is delighted and honored to make her SpeakEasy debut! Lauren will be a senior in musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory this fall. Recent credits include: How To Succeed, 9 to 5, Jesus Christ Superstar, and will be in Throughly Modern Millie early this spring. She wishes to thank Paul D, Sam, Boco buds and her family for all of their loving support!

JARED DIXON

JARED DIXON (Benny) is excited to make his SpeakEasy debut. Also in Boston, Jared recently appeared in Ragtime: The Musical as Booker T. Washington with the Fiddlehead Theatre. Jared has been a featured soloist in the JDProductions Bound For Broadway cabaret series and the Hallelujah Broadway, CTconcert. Recordings include his R&B album Back2Love: The EP (2010). Jared accredits his love for performing to his experiences at the famous Fiorello H. LaGuardia Arts HS, where he studied vocal music. Jared completed his undergraduate studies at SCSU (New Haven, CT) in May 2012 and is enjoying expanding his career as an entertainer.

MERISSA HADDAD

MERISSA HADDAD* (Daniela) SpeakEasy: debut. Merissa, a Massachusetts native, is best known for her role as Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys, appearing in the BROADWAY, Chicago and Las Vegas companies, for which she was nominated for a Las Vegas BroadwayWorld Award for "Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical." Prior Los Angeles regional credits include: Bye Bye Birdie, Cinderella, Kiss Me Kate, Twice Upon A Time, Tip-Toes, and The Wild Party. Since moving back to Boston, Merissa has been featured in several regional commercials. She has a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. Love to Mom, Dad, Matthew and Shane.

SEAN JONES

SEAN JONES (Graffiti Pete) is trilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut. Born and raised in Hawaii, Sean will be a senior at The Boston Conservatory this fall. He has been seen in One Touch of Venus, Curtains, The Apple Tree, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Thoroughly Modern Millie at the conservatory. He has also performed with Terrance Mann in Man of La Mancha and Pirates of Penzance at the Connecticut Rep Theater. Sean is so blessed to be a part of this production and thanks all who have helped him get to where he is today.

DIEGO KLOCK-PEREZ

DIEGO KLOCK-PEREZ (Usnavi) returns to SpeakEasy after appearing in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson as Black Fox / Henry Clay. Other recent credits includeThe Boston Pops: A Gershwin Spectacular at Symphony Hall, and Car Talk: The Musical!!! at Central Square Theater. Diego is a full-time student at the Boston Conservatory, pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theater.

JASMINE KNIGHT

JASMINE VIVIAN KNIGHT* (Carla) is so excited to be making her SpeakEasy debut! She was last seen as Monito in the world premiere of Amigo Duende (Music & lyrics by Tony Nominee Joshua Henry and under the direction/choreography of Luis Salgado) which ran at El Museo Del Barrio Theatre in NYC. Some past credits include Alice (Big River) at The Barnstormers theatre, Evilene (The Wiz) at The Red House Arts Center, and Ronette (Little Shop of Horrors) at The Showpalace Dinner theatre. Many thanks to Mom, Jen, and Julian for their everlasting love and support. For Dad. Paciencia y Fe!

MELANIE PORRAS

MELANIE PORRAS (Ensemble) SpeakEasy: debut. Melanie is BFA Musical Theatre major at Emerson College, class of 2015. Credits include: Clubland: The Monster Pop Party (Dance Captain) at American Repertory Theatre's Club Oberon, West Side Story (Consuelo) and Brooklyn (Faith) at Emerson College, and Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad)and Rent back home in New Jersey. Special thanks to everyone at SpeakEasy for this opportunity and to her family for their undying love and support!

CHRIS RAMIREZ

CHRIS RAMIREZ (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his professional debut as a part of the cast of SpeakEasy's In the Heights! I want to extend my greatest gratitude to my mother, father, and sister for giving me life and saving it as well! Love you all more than I could ever express! MUCH AMOR POR TODOS!

ADRIAN RUZ

ADRIAN RUZ (Ensemble)

is honored to be making his SpeakEasy debut in a show that hits so close to home. Born in Venezuela and raised in Miami, FL, Adrian recently received his BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory '13. Other credits include: I Love You Because (NYC Man); Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter); Curtains; Opening Note!; and Strike Up The Band. Special thanks to all the mentors and teachers who have helped me through this incredible journey. Shout out to Paul D, The BoCo Family, New World School of The Arts, and French Woods Festival. This one is for you Abuela Lolita and Mami. DALE!
NICOLE PALOMA SARRO

NICOLE PALOMA SARRO (Camila) is making her SpeakEasy debut in a show close to her heart! She did the 2nd National Tour of In the Heights as a member of the ensemble and understudy for Abuela, Camila & Daniela. Most recently, she appeared as Camila in Heights at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Favorite regional: Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Guys & Dolls and Side Show. Nicole, a Los Angeles native, married actor JP Sarro here in Boston this past October and they now reside in NYC. They also make beautiful music together...no really, they have a cabaret act called "The Sarros". www.NicolePalomaSarro.com

CAROLYN SAXON

CAROLYN SAXON (Abuela Claudia). SpeakEasy: debut. Bway/National Tours/NY Theatre: The Civil War, Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, Hair, Purlie, Can-Can, Linda Eder: The Christmas Concert, Timmy the Great – (Savion Glover, dir.), NY International Fringe Festival Film: Sweet & Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion (Woody Allen, dir.) Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, Papermill Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, SpeakEasy Stage, Weston Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Artpark, MusicalFare, Struthers Library Theatre Other: Carnegie Hall, Boston Pops Gospel Choir, Indianapolis Symphony, Boston Community Choir, NEC Millennium Choir.

SANTINA UMBACH

SANTINA UMBACH (Nina) is thrilled to be returning to the SpeakEasy Stage after a year of touring over seas with Norwegian Cruise Lines! Other SpeakEasy credits include Lina Darling in Nine and Pickles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, earning her an IRNE Nomination. She has appeared in numerous readings in NYC and is a proud 2011 Boston Conservatory graduate. Thanks to BRS, Paul, and her always supportive and loving friends and family!

ALESSANDRA VALEA

ALESSANDRA VALEA* (Vanessa) recently appeared in SpeakEasy's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Rachel Jackson) and is thrilled to be back! Alessandra is finishing up her senior year at The Boston Conservatory where she's pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Aside from being a student, she's also a certified dance teacher through Dance Educators of America and a choreographer. Regional: NYMF (with Liars & Believers) in Le Cabaret Grimm (Helga), Goodspeed Opera House in their 8th Annual Festival of New Artists. BoCo: The Hypochondriac (Beralda), The Apple Tree (Barbara), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Aurora), Curtains (Jessica Cranshaw), Very Good Eddie (Georgiana Kettle) and Sweet Charity (Frug Soloist). Love and gratitude to 'the Pauls' and the SpeakEasy family!

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Production Staff

NICHOLAS JAMES CONNELL (Musical Director) is so thrilled to be working on this tizight production! Past SpeakEasy shows include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Xanadu, Next To Normal, The Drowsy Chaperone, Nine, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Nick recently played Gabe in MMAS' production of Next To Normal. He is an award winning singer/songwriter and music director from Las Vegas with a BM in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. This Fall, Nicholas will release his debut pop album with the lead single, Drum Driving, available now on iTunes and Spotify. www.nicholasconnell.com

PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Director/Producing Artistic Director) Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, Paul has produced over 100 Boston Premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include: Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer -The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don’t!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize Company); Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels and Sunday in the Park with George (The Boston Conservatory); and Into the Woods, Urinetown and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory where he teaches musical theater and directing. In 2007, Paul was honored with the Boston College Arts Council’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement. Last season Paul was again back at Boston College where he served as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts. Beyond the theater Paul serves on the Boards of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center and the ICU Patient & Family Advisory Council at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

LAUREN DUFFY (Properties Supervisor) SpeakEasy: Other Desert Cities, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Adding Machine: A Musical. Other select credits: Little Shop of Horrors; A Christmas Story; afterlife: a ghost story; Frankie and Johnny and the Claire de Lune; and Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre). Company One debut: special effects for Bengal Tiger and the Baghdad Zoo. Lauren has served as a scenic artist and properties coordinator for Boston Children’s Theatre as well as properties coordinator for Central Square Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, and The Barnstormers Theatre. Lauren is also Charge Artist for the Des Moines Metro Opera in Iowa where she will be returning for her third season in June.

ERIK FOX (Assistant Lighting Designer) a Boston based Lighting Designer, is pleased to join SpeakEasy's production team for this production. Recent area designs include Gross Indecency, and Much Ado About Nothing… With a Twist! (Bad Habit Productions), The Velveteen Rabbit, Alexander and the, Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and Schoolhouse Rock Live (Boston Children's Theatre), Into the Woods, Legally Blond, and Steel Magnolias (The Nextdoor Theater), Urinetown The Musical, The Crucible, and Once on this Island (The Groton School), Songs for a New World,andRock N’ Roll (The Longwood Players). New York designs include Moontides in 23,149 Parts, and Wanderlust (The Movement Workshop Group). Erik also designs for the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio, Quicksilver Dance, and United Stylez Productions. Learn more online at www.foxyLD.com

JENNA McFARLAND LORD (Scenic Design) SpeakEasy Stage: Drowsy Chaperone, Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Theatre District, Moonlight Room . Selected Boston area credits: Full Monty,Twelfth Night, Cosi Fan Tutte (Boston Conservatory); Collected Stories, Cherry Docs (New Rep);Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor (ASP); Master Harold and the Boys, Round and Round the Garden, Table Manners, Trying, Doubt, Widow’s Blind Date, Belle of Amherst, My Old Lady, Dinner with Friends, LifeX3, Spinning into Butter, (Gloucester Stage resident designer 10 years); Groundswell, November, This Wonderful Life (Lyric Stage); Distant Music, It's a Wonderful Life, Steel Magnolias, The Porch, Guys on Ice, The Mousetrap (Addison Award), (Stoneham Theatre); Don Giovanni (New England Conservatory); Hamlet,Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Shakespeare Now!); Off-Broadway: The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath (New York Playwrights Lab). Ms. McFarland Lord is currently the set design teacher at the Boston Arts Academy, a public high school for the arts.

ERIC NORRIS (Sound Engineer) SpeakEasy: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Next to Normal, Xanadu Company One: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Eric is a Midwest native, now Brookline resident and graduate of the New England Institute of Art with a BS in Audio and Media Technology. He has experience working in studio/freelance recording (Mike Davidson Recording/Zippah Recording), live sound mixing and plays bass/electric guitar in the band Grand Resort.

AMANDA OSTROW (Wardrobe Supervisor) SpeakEasy: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Motherfu**er with the Hat and Xanadu. International Touring Credit: The Aluminum Show. Local credits: A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theater); Gross Indecency (Bad Habit Productions); Crimes of the Heart and Carnival (Gloucester Stage Company); The Understudy, Nicholas Nickleby, Blithe Spirit, Lady Day, Groundswell, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Kiss Me, Kate, Grey Gardens, Speech & Debate, The Mystery of Irma Vep, November, Souvenir (Lyric Stage); Hairspray, The Music Man, Into the Woods, La Cage Aux Folles, Mame, Hello, Dolly! (Reagle Music Theatre); Medea, Hamlet (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Not Enough Air, The Cherry Orchard, Buried Child (Nora Theatre Company); Design For Living (The Publick Theatre). Amanda received her BA in Media Studies and Business at The University of Southern Maine and is an EMC in Stage Management.

KAREN PERLOW (Lighting Design) happily returns to SpeakEasy, the home of some of her favorite productions. Recent productions include: MacBeth & Two Gentlemen of Verona with Actors’ Shakespeare Project and 33 Variations at Lyric Stage. Karen’s work has also been seen at New Repertory Theater, ART Zero Arrow, Central Square Theater, Boston Playwrights’ Theater, Boston Midsummer Opera, and Shakespeare & Company. Karen teaches Lighting Design at MIT and is proud to serve as the treasurer of the Theater Community Benevolent Fund. She is the recipient of three IRNE Awards for Best Lighting Design. www.karenperlowlightdesign.com

ELISABETTA POLITO (Costume Design) Recent work includes Stones in Pockets (The Lyric Stage), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Speakeasy Stage Company), Metamorphoses (Concord Academy), Time Stands Still (The Lyric Stage), Calvin's Monster (Boston Children's Theatre), Medea (Actors’Shakespeare Project), Imaginary Invalid (Concord Academy), Dr. Faustus (Suffolk University), 1001 (Company One), The Nutcracker and Rimers of Eldritch (Stoneham Theatre), Funnyhouse of a Negro and Three Sisters (Brandeis Theatre Company), Hamlet (GAN-e-meed Theatre Project), and Cyrano (Apollinaire Theatre Company). She also assisted costume designer Charles Schoonmaker on Don Pasquale (Boston Midsummer Opera), and Nine (SpeakEasy Stage). She holds an M.F.A. from Brandeis University. www.elisabettapolito.com.

LARRY SOUSA (Choreographer) is the recipient of the 2013 IRNE Award for Best Choreography for Bye Bye Birdie at Reagle Music Theatre, which he also directed.Larry made his SpeakEasy debut this season as choreographer of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He has directed, designed, and choreographed musicals from coast to coast and here in Boston, receiving numerous accolades including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Ovation Award. Larry has performed in numerous Broadway musicals, TV sitcoms, and commercials. He is the choreographer of the new Broadway musical MerryGoRound by the composers of The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins. Larry teaches at The Boston Conservatory, Bridgewater State University, and Project Moves/The Gold School. BFA: Ithaca College; MFA: U.C. Irvine. www.larrysousa.com

AMY LOUISE SPALLETTA* (Production Stage Manager) previously stage managed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Next to Normal, Next Fall, Nine, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) for SpeakEasy. Previous Boston-area credits include: Our Town, God of Carnage, Educating Rita, The Miracle at Naples, and Third (Huntington Theatre); All's Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Hot Mikado, Opus, Indulgences, Speed-the-Plow, Mister Roberts, Exits and Entrances, Cabaret, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Eurydice (New Repertory Theater); The Scene, This Wonderful Life, and Miss Witherspoon (Lyric Stage); and Mr. Marmalade (Company One). Other regional credits include: The Europeans and Scenes from an Execution (PTP/NYC). Amy graduated from Boston University with a concentration in stage management and is a proud member of Actor's Equity.

ALIX STRASNICK (Technical Director)

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Authors

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA (Music & Lyrics) is the Tony-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway's In the Heights.

In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Lin-Manuel receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Off-Broadway, In the Heights received 9 Drama Desk Nominations (including Best Music, Best Lyrics) and an award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. In the Heights also won the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. Additionally, Lin-Manuel received an Obie Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show. In the Heights also took home a 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album. In the Heights was also recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

As an actor, Lin-Manuel received a 2007 Theater World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance, and the 2007 Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performance courtesy of Actor's Equity Foundation. Lin-Manuel also received the ASCAP Foundation's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and is a National Arts Club Medal of Honor recipient. Lin-Manuel appeared as Charley Kringas in the 2012 City Center Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along directed by James Lapine, and can be heard on the 2012 Cast Recording released by PS Classics. In May of 2009, Lin-Manuel received the degree of Doctor of Human letters, honoris causa, from Yeshiva University, the youngest recipient of such an honor in the University’s 123-year history.

Lin-Manuel is a co-founder and member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a popular hip-hop improv group that performs regularly in New York City. The group has also toured the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as the Aspen, Melbourne and Montreal Comedy Festivals.

Lin-Manuel is the co-composer (with Tom Kitt), and co-lyricist (with Amanda Greene) of Bring it On: The Musical. Bring It On has toured the United States and Canada, and enjoyed a limited engagement on Broadway that closed on Dec. 30, 2012.

Lin-Manuel has contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz' Working and worked with Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim on Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway Revival of West Side Story He performed for President Obama and the First Family at the White House during Its first-ever Poetry Jam. He previewed his upcoming work, The Hamilton Mixtape, at Lincoln Center Theater’s 2012 American Songbook Series. His TV and film credits include The Electric Company, Sesame Street, The Sopranos, House, Modern Family, The Sex and the City Movie and the The Odd Life of Timothy Green. He lives in New York.

QUIARA ALEGRIA HUDES

QUIARA ALEGRIA HUDES (Book) received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water By the Spoonful. Previously, her play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue was a Pulitzer Finalist, and her most recent work, The Happiest Song Plays Last will premiere next season at The Goodman Theatre. Hudes wrote the book to the Broadway musical In the Heights, which premiered off-Broadway and earned the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. In the Heights transferred to Broadway where it received the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was named a Pulitzer Finalist. Hudes wrote the book and lyrics for a children’s musical, Barrio Grrrl!, which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and toured nationally. Hudes was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she recently returned to receive a Resolution from the City of Philadelphia. Her first play was produced in the tenth grade by Philadelphia Young Playwrights, where she now serves as a board member and mentor to other young writers. After graduating from public school, she received a B.A. in music composition from Yale and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.

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*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

**Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829

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Pay-What-You-Can - MAY 16: $14 minimum, walk-up sales only.

Out & About - MAY 17: Join the cast after the performance for a special post-show party!

Talkback with the Cast - MAY 19: Post-show discussion with the artists from In the Heights.

Inside SpeakEasy - JUNE 1 & 2: Post-show series about the evolution of a theatrical production, focusing on the Technical Rehearsal process for In the Heights. Takes place immediately after the performance each day.

Santina Umbach Lin-Manuel Miranda Diego Klock-Perez Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord Diego Klock-Perez and Santina Umbach Carolyn Saxon Jared Dixon Robert Hoveland Nicole Paloma Sarro

 

"We Can Make it Through Anything" - Actress Santina Umbach returns to SpeakEasy for In the Heights.

Lin-Manuel Miranda - An interview with the Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist.

In the Right Place at the Right Time - Actor Diego Klock-Perez talks about his role as Usnavi and the road forged by In the Heights.

Building the Heights - Scenic Designer Jenna McFarland Lord on grates and graffiti for the set of In the Heights.

Community Organizing - Walt McGough examines how all the elements came together to create In the Heights.

Pacienca y Fe - Actress Carolyn Saxon on playing Abuela Claudia.

Inspired Every Day - Actor Jared Dixon talks about running, recording, and Ragtime.

Getting in the Groove - Trombone player Robert Hoveland talks about playing in the band for In the Heights.

Third Time's a Charm - Nobody knows Washington Heights like actress Nicole Paloma Sarro.

Reviews of In the Heights

Boston Globe - May 14, 2013
The pulse of a N.Y. neighborhood in 'In the Heights'

"This ensemble dazzles with impeccable form and fluid strength...'In the Heights' is a musical tribute to family and home that will send you out of the theater dancing."

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WBUR - May 15, 2013
New York, New York, It’s A Muy Caliente Town

"A high-spirited, sexy production. The ensemble work – dancing as well as acting – and the musicianship are pretty much universally the same high caliber as we’ve come to expect from SpeakEasy."

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Berkshire Fine Arts - May 11, 2013
In The Heights Soars At SpeakEasy Stage

"All of the singing and dancing is first rate...a humble but vibrant celebration of the American Dream."

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Frank Avruch, bostonman.com - May 14, 2013
SpeakEasy Scores with Tony winner "In The Heights"

"It's a true feel good musical.. You'll definitely feel the beat!"

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New England Theatre Geek - May 13, 2013
A Movement in Technicolor: IN THE HEIGHTS

"The ensemble dance scenes are electric and justifiably make the show the stand-out production that it is...The whole cast is brilliant."

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White Rhino Report - May 13, 2013
Soaring to New Heights

"I have come to expect nothing less than excellence when I walk in the door to enjoy any SpeakEasy Stage Company production...This is a show that must be seen."

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