In The Heights | Extended Season

Published on 1st Mar, 2018

Photo Grant Leslie

Demand sees Sydney Season Extended for popular musical In The Heights

March 16 – April 15

With the first two weeks already sold out, award winning production company Blue Saint Productions has announced an extra week of performances for the upcoming season of In The Heights at The Hayes Theatre Co.

The Sydney season of the Tony Award winning musical has now been extended until April 15 with an additional matinee now added on Wednesday 28 March.

Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer behind the Hamilton phenomenon, this brand new, authentic production is running from 16 March 2018 and tickets are selling extremely quickly.

In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

Playing the lead role of Usnavi De La Vega (played by Lin Manuel Miranda in the Broadway production) is Ryan Gonzalez. Fresh from treading the boards in Kinky Boots, Ryan is also known at Hayes Theatre Co for his role in Violet and most recently in the role of Freddy in the current Hayes Theatre Co production of The View Upstairs.

Returning to the musical theatre stage to play the role of Benny will be Tim Omaji. Initially, rising to fame as Timomaticin the Australian series So You Think You Can Dance in 2009, Tim cemented his place as a household name as a top three finalist in Australia’s Got Talent in 2011. He played the lead role in the stage musical Fame, and has since become a successful recording artist and songwriter with a string of hits including the 4-x platinum, ARIA nominated single ‘Set It Off’ and has just recently released his new EP ‘Stamina’.

Fresh from the hit musical The Bodyguard, Olivia Vasquez plays Vanessa, Usnavi’s beautiful love interest, while in the role of Usnavi’s cousin, Sonny de la Vega, is recent VCA graduate Marty Alix.  The role of college drop-out Nina Rosario who becomes romantically entwined with Benny is Luisa Scrofani (Violet, Spring Awakening).  Playing “Abuela” Claudia, the matriarch of the Barrio, is musical theatre veteran Margi De Ferranti (Les Miserables, Mamma Mia).  The feisty and funny roles of Daniela and Carla will be played by Monique Montez (We Will Rock You, The REAL Thing) and Libby Asciak (Heathers, The Secret Daughter)

Making her Hayes Theatre Co debut as Nina’s strong-willed mother, Camila, is acclaimed actress Ana Maria Belo (Tribe, HAIR) alongside Nina’s over protective father, Kevin, played by distinguished Colombian actor Alexander PalacioStephen Tannos (So You Think You Can Dance, Fame) takes on the role of Graffiti Pete with the Piragua Guy being played by acclaimed Latino musician Richard Valdez.  Completing the cast in the ensemble are performers Will Centurion, Michelle Rozario and Samantha Bruzzese.

In The Heights tells the story of a vibrant Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighbourhood—a place where the coffee from the bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the streets explode with the songs and rhythms of three generations. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

Produced by the award-winning team behind Violet and Songs for A New World, In the Heights boasts a stellar Australian creative team with Director Luke Joslin Musical Direction by Lucy Bermingham and Choreography by Amy Campbell.


In The Heights

Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point

From 16 March 2018 – 15 April

Bookings: | (02) 8065 7337


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