Posted by: Staff | 01.25.2010

Mirinda Reaches New Heights


Last Friday, I saw In the Heights music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and it was one of the best musicals I have ever seen. Not only was the acting and singing top notch, but the storyline was original, and the characters were really fun to follow. The plot revolves around a Washington Heights street corner, where main character, Usnavi, owns a local bodega. After you are introduced to the characters and become accustom to the Latino feel, the plot quickly turns and you begin to see that Nina (Usnavi’s neighbor), who just arrived back from her first year at Stanford, has a pressing secret to tell to her neighbors. 

    Having seen many musicals in the past (Jersey Boys, Spamalot, Wicked, Lion King, etc.), this show really stood out as a unique theatrical experience. The music had a very Latino feel to it and reminded me a lot of NOTA from NBC’s Sing Off A-cappella competition. The New York neighbor set was elaborate and very realistic. The set had two towering buildings on the sides, and little shops at the bottom of the buildings. The dancing was very modern and at times, made me question if I was watching a play or a dance off.

              I highly recommend this show to any musical-lovers. Some people who have seen the show have said that it is better to listen to the music before watching the show, but I did not and do not think it makes that much of a difference in your comprehension of the play. If you are not listening to rap music, then it might be better if you listen to soundtrack before because some of the songs are like rap.



  1. I saw this show this past weekend! it was amazing

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