Tuesday, August 6, 2013

                        In the Heights
                       Vintage Theatre: 8/2 – 9/8
            “In the Heights” rocks!
     In 2008 this musical won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It won the Grammy for Best Musical Show album and was nominated for The Pulitzer Prize.
      Rebecca Joseph’s direction of Vintage Theatre Productions’ “In the Heights” is fast-paced and impeccably cast.
     As the rapping narrator and owner of the barrio’s bodega stand, Alejandro Roldan is a superb Usnavi. His love interest Vanessa is played by the very fetching Janessa O’Fallon.
     Jenny Moll Reyes performance in the role of Nina Rosario, the first member of her family to go to college, enchants.
     Vincent Smith’s portrayal of Benny, the dispatch guy who falls in love with Nina, is most memorable.
     Robert Payo’s portrayal of Kevin Rosario, Nina’s overprotective father is very well acted and sung.
     Arlene Rapal gives Nina’s mother Camila a strong confident reading. Her singing of “Enough” is powerful and elicited huge applause from the opening night audience.
      Marisa Dannielle Hebert’s Abuela Claudia endears. Her singing of “Paciencia y Fe” (“Patience andFaith”) is indelible.
                                                    Alejandro Roldan and Marisa Dannielle Hebert
      Amy Luna is a fiery and funny Daniela!
     Asad Clinton (Graffiti Pete) is an eye-catching dancer whose smooth moves provide a seductive thread.
    Out of the blue the piraguas are delivered with vocal prowess by Jacob Villareal. The ensemble is full of talented musical actors including: Carlos Jimenez, Terra Salazar,Gabriel Morales and Brandon Lopez. These talented singers are led by musical director Midge McMoyer Smith.
      Matt La Fontaine delivers flashy choreography, which is danced with passion by this enthusiastic young cast. Colin Roybal’s scenic design works beautifully. Davis Sibley’s costumes are spot on.
Vintage Theatre presents
"In the Heights"
Three generations of Latino immigrants dream of success in America while holding onto their culture and heritage.
Aug 2 – Sept 1
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.
$30 ($25 advance)
303-856-7830 or online at www.vintagetheatre.com
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010

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