Point of View

August 2, 2010, 4:46 pm
Filed under: Performing Arts News

While on the road for their nationwide tour, the cast of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, which arrives at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House this March, has taken some breaks from their live-and-in-person stage performances to prove they can look just as fiery on TV.  Writer and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda led his troupe in their signature number, 96,000, on two widely viewed television shows—“Lopez Tonightand “So You Think You Can Dance.” Miranda received a Tony Award for his hip hop, salsa score for the show about a group of friends living in New York’s Washington Heights. In addition to creating the musical, he also played the lead role of bodega owner Usnavi in the show’s New York production, a role he reprises for the tour’s Los Angeles stop.

Touring as a member of the ensemble is also Miami native Rebecca Kritzer. Starting out with the cast in Tampa last October, Kritzer and her cast mates have since brought the spectacle to over 20 cities in the U.S. “In the Heights literally brings people to their feet,” remarks Kritzer. “Audiences always have a good time.”

As part of the ensemble, Kritzer was given the freedom to shape her own character: “I am the character essentially. I play my role as a flirt with a little bit of attitude.”

Appearing on national TV, however, was a whole new experience for the young performer. “It was cool bringing this thing that was created for live theater and molding it for television so that it is contained in this little screen,” she reflects. The fun the cast shared was apparent in its performances on both TV shows. The energy and the excitement of In the Heights reached thousands of viewers and this powerhouse musical has again proven its power has no limits.

Relive the excitement! Watch the cast perform on “Lopez Tonight” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtV4vg_rtnk.


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