Look Back at Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez, and More in In the Heights on Broadway | Playbill

Photo Features Look Back at Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez, and More in In the Heights on Broadway The show opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre March 9, 2008.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and company of In The Heights. Joan Marcus

The original Broadway production of In The Heights opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre March 9, 2008, after beginning performances February 14. In the Heights would go on to be nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning four, including Best Musical. The production closed January 9, 2011, after 1,185 performances.

Featuring original concept, music, and lyrics by Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, In The Heights tells the story of a young store owner who watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit community as they pass through his bodega in Washington Heights.

Look Back at In the Heights on Broadway

In the Heights marked the Broadway debut for Miranda as both a writer and performer. The Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer winner led the cast as Usnavi alongside a company that included alums Mandy Gonzalez as Nina, Christopher Jackson as Benny, Karen Olivo as Vanessa, Robin de Jesús as Sonny, Priscilla Lopez as Camilla, Carlos Gomez as Kevin, Janet Dacal as Carla, Andréa Burns as Daniela, Olga Merediz as Abuela Claudia, and Seth Stewart as Grafitti Pete. Roudning out the ensemble were Tony Chiroldes, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Joshua Henry, Afra Hines, Nina Lafarga, Doreen Montalvo, Javier Muñoz, Krysta Rodriguez, Eliseo Román, Luis Salgado, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, and Rickey Tripp with Michael Balderrama, Blanca Camacho, Rogelio Douglas, Jr., and Stephanie Klemons as swings.

Directed by Thomas Kail with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, the production featured set design by Anna Louizos, costume deisgn by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, and sound design by Acme Sound Partners. Visit Playbill Vault for the complete cast and creative.

A stage-to-screen adaptation of In the Heights was released in 2021.

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