Before Hamilton reinvented musical theatre, its creator, superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda, wowed Broadway with In The Heights, a universal story celebrating New York’s Washington Heights, where the corner bodega coffee is sweet, neighbors’ windows stay open, and the air pulsates with salsa, soul and hip-hop. A charismatic store owner, full of hope, dreams and a gift for storytelling, guides us through the lives of three generations who must choose between tradition and their future. Best Musical Tony Award winner!
Cast of Characters
Usnavi – owner of De la Vega’s Bodega (corner store), has a thing for Vanessa, hub of the story; rapper/singer
Nina Rosario – daughter of Kevin & Camila Rosario, freshman @ Stanford U, very bright, sweet, feels that she has let everyone down because she’s dropping out of college.
Benny – works at Rosario’s Car and Limousine, has thing for Nina
Vanessa – Usnavi’s love interest, works at salon, wants to get out of the barrio, worldly and urban; MUST be strong dancer.
Abuela Claudia – raised Usnavi and Sonny, grand-matriarch of the entire community, wins the lottery; Spanish speaking a plus.
Kevin Rosario – Nina’s dad, co-owner of Rosario’s Car and Limousine, strong actor, dreaming through Nina; Spanish speaking a plus
Camila Rosario – Nina’s mom, co-owner of Rosario’s Car and Limousine, determined to keep the family together, stands up to Kevin, she is the glue of the family, straight talker; Spanish speaking a plus.
Sonny – Usnavi’s younger cousin, works at the bodega, aggressive, charming
Daniela – Salon owner, brash; Spanish speaking a plus.
Carla – hairdresser works at salon, side kick to Daniela, ditzy; Spanish speaking a plus.
Piragua Guy – ice man, Spanish speaking a plus.
Graffiti Pete – local graffiti artist, ghetto talk, must have “swag”; HIP HOP dancer, rapper/singer; Spanish speaking a plus
Ensemble – Multi-Cultural residents of Washington Heights, Men and women. The ensemble is very active in the show and will need to poses a variety of talents.