Tag Archives: Lin-Manuel Miranda


Production images: Clare Hawley

Not so such much a runaway hit as a stay-in-the-neighbourhood hit, IN THE HEIGHTS as directed by Luke Joslin brings a Washington Heights alive in a vibrant, energetic production with the closeness of community at its heart.  No mean feat on a stage as wide as the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.   We love our House and audiences always have a sense of occasion in the iconic building but this was beyond expectations.  A night to bring the whole audience to their feet after a show that vibrates the barrio with brio onstage and brass behind.

The show was conceived, and has music and lyrics, by Lin-Manuel Miranda with the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Joslin directed the show at Hayes Theatre last year.  This production has many cast in common and shares musical direction from Lucy Bermingham and choreography from Amy Campbell.  It was a bona-fide hit then.  And will be now. Continue reading IN THE HEIGHTS. DANCIN’ SINGIN’ CELEBRATIN’

Hitting the Heights at the Hayes

Ryan Gonzalez as Usnavi in Blue Saint Productions’ IN THE HEIGHTS                             Photography: Grant Leslie

IN THE HEIGHTS playing at the Hayes Theatre is a stunning success.  There’s brio is the barrio and blood on the keyboard in this driving, pulsing, fast-paced offering from Blue Saint Productions. It’s a skyrocket of a show as it speeds through with firecracker dancing, singing and musicianship. Continue reading Hitting the Heights at the Hayes

IN THE HEIGHTS: Strength in Community

Blackout Theatre Company consistently delivers high quality, committed, accessible musical productions and IN THE HEIGHTS playing at The Joan in Penrith does not disappoint. It’s a strong, dynamic show with captivating leads, excellent choreography and dancing from the ensemble and colour galore in the costuming. Add to this some lovely voices and a Pulitzer Prize nominated text and audiences are guaranteed a terrific night at the theatre. Continue reading IN THE HEIGHTS: Strength in Community