Hey everyone, it’s one of our friendly neighborhood musical tour guides Mike….. After 594 away from the GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD, I am back. We are so excited to relaunch our Walking Guided Tours next month. Broadway’s back!!! Book your tickets NOW!!!
New York Broadway Tours debuts new logo and promo announcing November 2021 relaunching of the Walking Tours!!!
BACK ON THE STREET WHERE WE LIVE… WHERE WE BELONG! So happy to be officially relaunching our Walking Tours November 2021!!! Book Your Tickets Now!!!!
Get ready for a fun evening of an unplanned script as Miranda and his friends come up with the most creative raps, song, and beats based on words suggested from the audience. You also never know who might show up.
FREESTYLE LOVE SURPEME’s encore engagement will run for 4 months through January 2nd, 2022. This is a promising feel good, high energetic, and happy night as Broadway is back people!!!
Break a mic to the full troupe, the creative team, crew, and more.
WELCOME BACK TO BROADWAY FREESTYLE LOVE SURPEME!!!
Who is excited?!
LIGHTS UP BROADWAY FANS on counting down to another day leading to The 74th Annual Tony Awards. We have more iconic performances coming your way celebrating Broadway’s return on our TOP 50 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN. Broadway’s biggest night is almost here!!
Our selection today at # 11 is a unique show that changed the face of Broadway. It follows 3 days in the life of residents in one of New York’s most famous upper West Side neighborhoods…. Washington Heights. It featured an incredible blend of original Hip Hop, Rap, Pop, Soulful, and Latin music. If you think about what we’re talking about, you guessed correctly….. This is In The Heights. In his breakout Broadway debut, the show features a score (in his Broadway debut) by Lin-Manuel Miranda along with a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes .
From the 2008 telecast, Lin-Manuel Miranda as “Usnavi”, Tony nominee Christopher Jackson as “Benny”, Tony nominee Robin De Jesus as “Sonny”, Tony winner (and nominee again this year) Karen Olivo as “Vanessa”, and the cast perform a medley of the show’s opening title song IN THE HEIGHTS and the showstopping 96,000.
IN THE HEIGHTS was first conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda (way long before his now worldwide smash hit Hamilton) in 1999 during his Sophomore year of college at Wesleyan University. Following seeing the musicals RENT and THE CAPEMAN on Broadway, he wanted to create his own show that takes place in the present day mixing Latin, hip hop, and rap into one show. He was inspired by his family routes, childhood, and living in Washington Heights, Manhattan. After a year of writing, the show got accepted into Wesleyan’s student Theater company called Second Stage (not related to the Off Broadway Theater company we know today) in the Spring of 2000. This 3 night only debut got the attention of fellow Wesleyan students consisting of John Buffalo Mailer, Neil Stewart, Anthony Veneziale, and Thomas Kail (who went on to direct the production). They wanted to expand the production and make it a full scale musical. It was continued to be expanded at the Drama Book Shop along with various readings, workshops, and labs. In addition, Quiara Alegria Hudes came on board as an additional book writer. 5 rough drafts of the musical were made.
Following over 7 1/2 years of readings and workshops, the show had its world premiere Off Broadway in 2007 at 37 Arts Theatre (now Baryshnikov Arts Center) and the response from critics and the audience exploded.. From there, the show went on to Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre where it ran for 1,213 performances. Under the direction of Thomas Kail and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, the cast consisted of….
Lin Manuel Miranda (later Javier Munoz, Corbin Bleu, and Kyle Beltran) as “Usnavi”,
Christopher Jackson (later Clifton Oliver) as “Benny”,
Robin De Jesus (later David Del Rio, Jon Rua, and Shaun Taylor-Corbett) as “Sonny”,
Tony winner Karen Olivo (later Marcy Harriell) as “Vanessa”,
Seth Stewart (later William B. Wingfield) as “Graffiti Pete”,
Carlos Gomez (later Rick Negron) as “Kevin Rosario”,
Tony winner Priscilla Lopez as “Camila Rosario”,
Andréa Burns (later Bianca Marroquin) as “Daniella”,
Janet Decal (later Courtney Reed) as “Carla”,
Tony nominee Olga Merediz as “Abuela Claudia”,
Eliseo Roman as “The Piragua Guy”.
IN THE HEIGHTS was nominated for 13 Tony Awards in 2008 winning 4 including BEST MUSICAL and BEST SCORE. In addition, the show’s cast album also went on to win a Grammy for BEST MUSICAL THEATRE ALBUM.
From there, IN THE HEIGHTS has gone on to present productions across America, London’s West End (winning several Olivier Awards), Japan, Philippines, and around the world.
Along with the success of stage production, IN THE HEIGHTS most recently went on to become a successful movie musical. The film was shot in THE BARRIO itself of Washington Heights. After a year long delay due to COVID-19, it was released in the Summer of 2021 from Warner Bros. Pictures. Under the direction of Jon M. Chu and an updated screenplay by Quiara Alegria Hudes and Marc Klein, the film cast was led by….
Anthony Ramos as “Usnavi”,
Corey Hawkins as “Benny”,
Gregory Diaz IV as “Sonny”,
Noah Catala as “Graffiti Pete”,
Leslie Grace as “Nina Rosario”,
Jimmy Smits as “Kevin Rosario”,
Sacha Polanco as “Cuca” (formerly “Camilla Rosario”),
Daphne Rubin-Vega as “Daniella”
Stephanie Beatriz as “Carla”,
Olga Merediz reprising her performance as “Abuela Claudia”,
Lin Manuel Miranda as “The Piragua Guy”.
The show is also currently being performed in Schools, Community, and Regional Theaters everywhere.
Doesn’t this show make you want to get into that hip hop groove?
Along with Broadway re-opening TONIGHT , we at New York Broadway Tours are starting to prepare in RELAUNCHING OUR WALKING TOURS THIS FALL!
NO ME DIGA: Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo have joined in on a latest trend to the film adaptation of their breakout smash hit musical In The Heights. The real life BFF’s (who originated the roles of “Usnavi” and “Vanessa” in the original Broadway production) filmed themselves lip-syncing to the argument section from the song BLACKOUT with a twist….. They switched roles!!
Miranda sang the “Vanessa” part along with Olivo singing the “Usnavi” part.
All of this is part of a BLACKOUT trend on social media including TikTok.
FUN FACT: The version they are lip-synching is from the film’s soundtrack featuring Anthony Ramos and Melissa Barrera. During the song in the film, “Usnavi” and “Vanessa” get into a heated argument after not dancing with each other at THE CLUB and loosing each other when the power goes out. The couple breaks up.
However in the stage production of IN THE HEIGHTS (which this scene ends the first act), this argument scene is actually sung by “Nina” and “Benny”. Following a disaster bombshell that goes off at the Rosario’s dinner, “Nina” tries to go follow “Benny” to THE CLUB to apologize for her father’s decision and behavior. However, “Benny” is already drunk brushes her off. Throughout dancing there, “Nina” and “Benny” cope with their own jealousy till the power goes out. They find each other, argue some more, and then kiss under the fireworks.
How great was that?!!!