UTRGV University Productions set to open Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit
By Bryan Ramos
niversity Productions is bringing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical ‘In The Heights’ to life as the show is set to open Wednesday, Feb. 28 and run through Sunday inside the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre on the UTRGV campus.
Miranda, the brilliant mind behind the famous musical ‘Hamilton’, splashed onto the scene in 2008 with ‘In The Heights’ which opened on Broadway and won four tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The musical also won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009.
The musical is directed by UTRGV theater professor Brian Warren, who has been with the University of Texas Pan American and UTRGV since 2002 and has directed over 30 productions with the university.
The story spans over the course of three days in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, largely populated Hispanic-Americans. The musical follows these people and tells a story of hopes and dreams and the battle for the place they call home.
The musical definitely has a fun, modern feel to it with flavors of hip-hop, salsa, merengue, reggaeton and rap throughout and is designed for everyone to enjoy.
UTRGV student Andy Garcia plays the lead role of Usnavi De La Vega, who was played by Miranda in the original production of ‘In The Heights’ on Broadway.
Check out this video of the cast of ‘In The Heights’ gettin’ down before rehearsal.
The production is set to open Wednesday, Feb. 28 and run through Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m., with the final show coming Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. There will also be a open dress rehearsal Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission is $15, while $5 for UTRGV students, faculty and staff with a valid UTRGV ID.
Albert L. Jeffers Theatre is located in the Edinburg Liberal Arts bldg. South (ELABS) on the Edinburg campus.
You can purchase tickets online here. For more information, call
(956) 665-3581 or visit UTRGV University Productions on Facebook @UTRGVUP.