IN THE HEIGHTS
by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quitara Alegria Hudes
directed by Mariella Klinger
musical direction by Joe Lesky
choreography by Samantha Kestenbaum
produced by Jaye Barre
WHEN: July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23, at 8:00 pm
WHERE: outdoor amphitheater at Pleasant Valley Park, Valley Road (next to the Veterans Hospital at Lyons), Basking Ridge
ADMISSION: free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
For information, call 908-204-3003
The musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s 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.
In the Heights was conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with music and lyrics by Lin Manuel Miranda and Quira Algeria Hudes. The show was the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestration.
The cast includes the following leads: Joey Braccino of Jersey City as Usnavi (left), Eleanor Klinger, Enrique Melendez, Frank Skokan, Gabriella Resende, Gillian Petersen, Jessica Pierce, Jessica Zorn, Julia Parks, Laura Hilton, Omar Diouf, and Robert Falco II. The ensemble includes Anchal Dhir, Angela Ricci, Clarissa Po, Francesca Infante-Meehan, Hanna Wasserman, Hayden Verbanas, Joseph Sciales, Kelly Maizenaski, Nicholas Re, Ileana McCabbe, Peyton Kennedy, Rachel Estrada, Rohin Verma, and Stephanie Heim. Included in the children’s ensemble are Grayson Krull, Paris Bozzuti, Melissa Johnson, Madelyn Fedor, Meghan McMahon, and Jack Melillo.
The partnership of Trilogy Repertory and Bernards Township has produced over three decades of family entertainment and achieved several awards for both groups for excellence in theater programming. Most prominent are the awards from ACT (Achievement in Community Theater) and the prestigious “Excellence in Cultural Arts Programming.” In The Heights is made possible, in part, by support from New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals. (Above right: Gabriella Resende (Carla) of Clark, Jessica Zorn (Daniela) and Gillian Petersen (Vanessa) of Basking Ridge, and Jessica Pierce (Nina) of Clifton rehearse their roles)