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Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In the Heights' making stop at Benedum

| Monday, July 3, 2017, 4:42 p.m.
Pittsburgh CLO
'In the Heights'
Mark Garvin
Rayanne Gonzales & Perry Young in Walnut Street Theatre’s 'In The Heights'

The Pittsburgh CLO is bringing “In the Heights” to the Benedum stage July 7-16.

Prior to writing and starring in the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda burst onto the scene with his Tony Award-winning show “In the Heights.”

The early musical and lyrical drafts were written during Miranda's sophomore year of college, eventually making its Broadway debut in 2008. After closing on Broadway in 2011, “In the Heights” has taken to the road with numerous global productions.

Now it is stopping in Pittsburgh, introducing the audience to the vibrant close-knit Hispanic-American community in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. With Miranda's contemporary music and lyrics and hip-hop dance moves, “In the Heights” tells the story about chasing the American dream.

At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after an aging neighbor, pines for the girl working in the beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to his native Dominican Republic.

Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of Washington Heights get a dose of what it means to be home.

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