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  In The Heights at Ford Oriental Theatre

In The Heights

Ford Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph Chicago

IN THE HEIGHTS, this 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical is a moving, funny, and uplifting new show about a community of hard-working immigrants seeking a better life and trying to find their place – their home – in their new country. With a remarkable young cast, thrilling Tony® Award-winning dancing and a dynamic Tony® Award-winning score, In the Heights is an exhilarating journey into a vibrant Manhattan community – a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Experience the next chapter of the classic American story at the most joyous and exciting musical on Broadway.

Thru - Jan 15, 2012

Price: $25-$75

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 2hrs, 25mins; one intermission

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  In The Heights Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...But as nonunion "re-creations" go (and I don't think nonunion tours should be going anywhere near a market the size of Chicago without full disclosure), this one is better than most. There are the usual compromises in the older character roles and a few severely limited vocal performances."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"... “In the Heights” has returned to Chicago, making a brief national touring stop at the Oriental Theatre. And the production, staged by resident director/choreographer Michael Balderrama (after the Thomas Kail/Andy Blanenbuehler original) just happens to be sensational —every bit as good as the Broadway edition, and a vast improvement over the show’s first tour here. (As with a good number of Broadway in Chicago shows these days it features a non-Equity cast, but in this case that only means that while the exceptionally talented actors don’t get union wages, the audience still pays Equity-level ticket prices.)"
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Hedy Weiss

ChicagoCritic - Somewhat Recommended

"... The most entertaining element is the terrific salsa, rhythmic music from Lin-Manuel Miranda that allowed a Fosse-Robinson styled hip-hop meets salsa dancestorumble in 4-5 high energy show-stoppers. That was the best part of the show. For the most part,thevocalswereweaker thatI’ve heardfrom most touring productions. The show is lush with sentimental heartas playstothebasic humanity ofthese immigrants. It is hard to argue with that. I believe youngeraudiences(andLatinos)will enjoy In the Heights more than I did.The opening night audience cheered the show!"
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Somewhat Recommended

"... This 2008 Tony winning musical celebrates a place that doesn’t seem to reward the torrid devotion of its likable characters. If you just go by the plot of “In The Heights,” Washington Heights (in Manhattan’s Upper West Side)--populated, it seems, mainly by Hispanics from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic though there’s a token Mexican flag hanging from a fire escape--is a rather schizophrenic place."

Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"... This cast of 22 players is energy personified. Led by the brilliant Perry Young as Usnavi and the love of his life Vanessa( the glamorous Presilah Nunez). Theirs is a unique love story as is that of Camilla (Celina Clarich Polanco) and her husband Kevin ( Benjamin Perez) who despite a business slump are willing to give it all up so their daughter Nina ( Virginia Cavaliere) can get the trophy that will make their family truly Americans, a college degree. There is of course the matriarch, Abuela Claudia ( a superb performance by Christina Aranda) who’s fortune changes the lives of all concerned in the “familia” of “The Heights”."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theater Beat - Recommended

"... Despite its troubles, the Heights is home – this Miranda makes crystalline clear in the final notes of the final song. They’re simply gorgeous, and a moving testimony to the power of community."

Catey Sullivan

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