“In the Heights” Won Four 2008 Tony Awards®, Including Best Musical, Book, and Score

Lexi Lawson and Joseph Morales in "In the Heights" (photo © Chelsea Lauren)
Lexi Lawson and Joseph Morales in "In the Heights" (photo © Chelsea Lauren)

Lexi Lawson (left) stars in "In the Heights" (photo © Kevin Thomas Garcia)
Lexi Lawson (left) stars in "In the Heights" (photo © Kevin Thomas Garcia)

Durham Performing Arts Center will present the prize-winning Broadway musical In the Heights, which won four 2008 Tony Awards® and the 2008 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, on Feb. 22-27 in its brand-new, 2,800-seat, state-of-the-art theater, in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC.

According to Durham Performing Arts Center:

In the Heights 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 opened on Broadway to wide critical acclaim March 9, 2008. The Washington Post said In the Heights is ‘Pure Broadway. An evening of old-style, innocent pleasure’; and Ben Brantley of The New York Times enthused In the Heights is ‘An exuberant, animated shrine to the importance of family ties and being faithful to where you come from.’ In the Heights continue[d] on Broadway [until Jan. 9, 2011] at the Richard Rodgers Theatre[, where it closed after 1,185 performances].

Lexi Lawson and Joseph Morales in "In the Heights" (photo © Chelsea Lauren)
Lexi Lawson and Joseph Morales (photo © Chelsea Lauren)

“In addition to winning the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator, won the Tony Award for Best Music and Lyrics, Andy Blankenbuehler won for Best Choreography, and Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman won for Best Orchestrations. The original cast recording won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a feature film based on the smash-hit musical.

In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams, a Great Performances special chronicling the personal stories of composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Broadway cast of In the Heights in the months leading up to opening night, premiered on PBS stations across the country in May 2009.

“With a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights is directed by Joseph A. Callaway Award winner and Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail. The music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman. In the Heights also features Tony nominated scenic design (Anna Louizos), costumes (Paul Tazewell), lighting (Howell Binkley), and sound (Acme Sound Partners).

In the Heights is produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman Willis, Sander Jacobs, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Peter Fine and Sonny Everett/Mike Skipper, with associate producers Ruth Hendel and Harold Newman.”

SECOND OPINION: Feb. 20th Raleigh, NC News & Observer review by Lawrence Toppman: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/02/20/999185/joyous-heights-carries-us-away.html and Feb. 18th preview by Lawrence Toppman: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/02/18/994326/la-historia-of-many.html; and Feb. 17th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/11456080/article-Coming-full-circle?instance=main_article (Note: You must register first to read this article).

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents IN THE HEIGHTS at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24, 8 p.m. Feb. 25, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 26, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $20-$65.

BOX OFFICE: DPAC Box Office: 919/680-ARTS (2787), tickets@dpacnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/default.asp?dpac=54. Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/1089137.

GROUP RATES (15+ tickets): 919/281-0587, Groups@DPACnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/default.asp?dpac=22.

SHOW: http://www.dpacnc.com/default.asp?dpac=19&objId=273.

VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.intheheightsthemusical.com/.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.dpacnc.com/.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dpacnc.com/default.asp?dpac=26.

PARKING: http://www.dpacnc.com/default.asp?dpac=27.


The Musical: http://www.intheheightsthemusical.com/ (official web page), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_heights (Wikipedia), http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=4879 (Internet Off-Broadway Database), and http://www.ibdb.com/show.php?ID=465744 (Internet Broadway Database).

The Tour: http://www.intheheightsthemusical.com/tour-news.html (official web page).

The Documentary (In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams): http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/in-the-heights-chasing-broadway-dreams/creating-and-staging-the-musical/779/ (Public Broadcasting System).


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By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).