In the Heights

Show and Cast Information for In the Heights

IN THE HEIGHTS
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived By Lin-Manuel Miranda

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 is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

Directed by Mickey McGuire
Choreographed by Tiffany Hosch
Music Directed by Tony Seepersad

n the Heights is a diverse show set in Washington Heights, New York City, conceived by the creator of Hamilton. Actors of all ages, race and body type are encouraged to audition. Due to the nature of the show, some roles are specific to certain ethnicities and to respect the nature of the play, we will make best attempts to cast as such. For a full breakdown of roles, please go HERE. Performers with strengths in Hip-Hop, Latin and Break Dances as well as rap or spoken word are especially encouraged to audition.

We are looking for both singers and dancers for this production. Whether you consider yourself a dancer who can carry a tune or a singer who can move, we want to see you

USNAVI DE LA VEGA: (Baritenor, Latino, Reads 20s-30s): 24 year old owner of De La Vega's Bodega, his parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic and have since passed away. He lives with Abuela Claudia (Grandmother Claudia), who isn't actually his grandmother but they are as close as family. Usnavi is in love with Vanessa and remains the eyes and ears of his Washington Heights neighborhood. Strong actor, must be an excellent rapper and a good mover. Singing a plus.

NINA ROSARIO: (Mezzo-Soprano, Strong Belt/Mix, Latina, Reads as college age) 19 year old Nina has just finished her freshmen year at Stanford University. She is the daughter of Kevin and Camilia Rosario. Nina is the only member of her family and friends who made it to college. She is best friends with Vanessa and a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who know her; she represents the opportunity outside of "the heights.". Strong belt/ mix to an E. Must be an excellent mover.

KEVIN ROSARIO: (Baritenor, Latino, Reads 40s-50s)In his forties and owner of Rosario Car and Limousine, Kevin is a husband to Camilia and father to Nina. While Kevin was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he immigrated to New York City with Camilia. Kevin immediately started working to provide a better life for his newly- arrived family. He is stubborn, hot tempered at times and can be quick to act without thoughts of repercussions. Singing actor who moves well.

CAMILIA ROSARIO: (Alto, Latina, Reads 40s-50s) Also in her forties, she is the co-owner of Rosario Car and Limousine with her husband Kevin. Also from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she fell in love with Kevin at 19 and immigrated with him to New York City. She is cool-headed yet keeps a subtle but strong leash on Kevin. Her daughter Nina has just returned for the summer from her first year at Stanford. Singing actor who moves well.

BENNY: (Tenor, Black/ African-American, Reads 20s-30s) Now a 24 year old cab driver for Rosario Car and Limousine, he once was a street punk and hoodlum, often finding himself in trouble. Kevin saw promise in Benny and helped shape him into a responsible, hard-working young man. Benny has enormous respect for Kevin and sees him as a father figure. Eventually falling in love with Nina, Benny sees a future for them by becoming a businessman. He and Usnavi are best friends. Preferrably African American. Strong singer and excellent mover.

VANESSA (Mezzo-Soprano, Strong Belt, Latina, Reads Late Teens to 20s) A 19 year old shampoo girl and Daniela's Salon, Vanessa is strong, intelligent and grew up with Benny and Usnavi. Though Usnavi would like to be something more than Vanessa's "friend", he has never made any attempt. Vanessa dreams of leaving to create her own life away from her alcoholic mother. Very sexy. Strong belt/ mix to an E. Must be strong dancer.

SONNY: (Tenor, Latino, Reads in teens) 15 years old and Usnavi's cousin, Sonny is spending the summer working for Usnavi at the bodega. He usually hangs out on the street with his friend Graffiti Pete but avoids trouble. He is an extremely intelligent young man who strives to emulate Usnavi. Passionate to solve the social and economic problems of the city, he is someone that needs guidance or risks ending up a street punk. Comic actor, must be a good rapper and a strong mover.

ABUELA CLAUDIA: (Alto with Belt, Latina, Reads as late 60s+) In her late 60's, she raised Usnavi after his parents passed away and continues to live with him. She emigrated from Cuba when she was very young. Of all the characters, Abuela Claudia has been in "the Heights" the longest. She struggled to learn English, struggled to find work and in turn has helped others who have followed in her path. She is clearly the matriarch of the neighborhood. Strong belt to a C.

DANIELA: (Alto, Latina, Reads 30s-40s) In her thirties or early forties, she is the owner of Daniela's Salon. Savvy to say the least, she is quick witted, brassy and outspoken. While she retains a motherly relationship with Vanessa, she remains the gossip queen of the neighborhood. Non-nonsense, she has built a successful business but is being forced of the neighborhood because of rent hikes. Comic actress with a string belt. Should be an excellent mover.

CARLA: (Latina, Reads 20s-30s, vocal part TBD) In her mid-twenties to early thirties, she is a hairdresser at Daniela's Salon. Born and raised in Queens, she is a pure, sweet, innocent, and loving woman who is devoted to her family and friends though she is easily taken advantage of because of her naivety. She and Daniela are best friends. Strong belt mix. Should be an excellent mover.

GRAFFITI PETE: (Reads late teens to 20s, any race, must be dancer) An 18-year old graffiti artist and the nemesis of Usnavi, he is always hanging out on the streets, dancing to his boom box music, spraying any surface he can. Usnavi is unhappy that Sonny and Graffiti Pete are friends because Graffiti Pete epitomizes everything that Usnavi hopes that Sonny will not grow up to be. Must be an extremely strong dancer. Acro a plus.

PIRAGUA GUY: (Tenor, Latino, Reads 30s-40s) In his-mid thirties, he walks the hot and humid streets of Washington Heights selling piraguas (flavored ice shavings) to earn a living. He represents a rhythm of the islands in the big city. Bright, soaring tenor.

Ensemble: Various Dancers and Singers. All ethnicities encouraged to audition.

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