IN THE HEIGHTS, winner of four 2008 Tony Awards® and the 2008 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album is playing in St. Louis at the Fox Theatre through Sunday November 22.
This show 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.
I saw the show on Wednesday. There's a guy who comes out at the beginning with a boom box so I thought maybe it was set in the 80s. It became clear very shortly thereafter that was not the case. The music, the dress and the dance are all current. This is set in present day Washington Heights, a Latin Community in NYC's Brooklyn.
The lead male character raps- very reminiscent of Eminem. He sounds like him, and his music tells his story. He's from the Dominican Republic and is longing to go back. Running a convenience store turned out not to be the dream he envisioned.
Everyone in the community works hard to make ends meet and it is clear this is a community on the brink of change.
The music and dance are fantastic. It took me a while to figure out the moral to the story but then it all came together for me. Home and family is really what's important.
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