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Alabanza

Alabanza means to raise this thing to God's face and to sing, quite literally, "praise to this."


Lights up on Washington Heights
up at the break of day
I wake up and I got this little punk
I gotta chase away
Pop the grate at the crack of dawn
Sing while I wipe down the awning
Hey, y'all, good morning!


 


WELCOME to the show that won Broadway’s highest honors by first winning its heart. WELCOME to the next chapter in the classic American story on stage. WELCOME to the kind of musical that comes around once in a generation. A musical that builds on the best traditions of theater while forging into fresh new territory. A musical about the importance of home, family and finding where you belong.

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

~ "Story" intheheightsthemusical.com ~




"I wrote the first incarnation of In the Heights my sophomore year at Wesleyan University. In the winter of 1999, I applied to put up a new show in the student-run '92 Theater. At the time, I had one song and a title: In the Heights. I was given the theater for the weekend of April 20-22- now all I had to do was write a show. I barely slept, I barely ate; I just wrote. I put in all the things I'd always wanted to see onstage: propulsive freestyle rap scenes outside of bodegas, salsa numbers that also revealed character and story. I tried to write the kind of show I'd want to be in. Two remarkable things happened. One, we broke box-office records for the '92 Theater that year- it was insanity. Two, I was approached by John Buffalo Mailer (son of Norman), a senior at the time. He loved the show and said, "My friends and I are starting a production company when we graduate, and we want to help you bring it to New York." I said, "That sounds awesome," went to the cast party and promptly forgot about his offer."

~ Lin-Manuel Miranda ~




In the Heights: February 14/March 9, 2008 - January 9, 2011














 
I am Usnavi
and you prob'ly never heard my name
reports of my fame are greatly exaggerated
exacerbated by the fact that my syntax
is highly complicated
cause I immigrated from the
singled greatest little place in the Caribbean
Dominican Republic
I love it, Jesus I'm jealous of it


 





 
And one day, I'm hopping that elevated train and I'm gonna fly
It won't be long now, any day...




Then can I say
I couldn't get my mind off you all day
Now listen to me, that may be how you perceive it
But Nina please believe that when you find your way again
You're gonna change the world and then
We're all gonna brag and say
"We knew her when this was your home"




I don't know about God, but I believe in Chris Jackson!




And when you're gone
You know that I'll be waiting when you're gone
[but you're here with me right now]
If we should drift apart
Let me take this moment just to say
That you are gonna change the world some day
And I'll think of you every night at the same time
When the sun goes down






 
In the Heights means so much to me.  I'm a white girl from Pittsburgh who had never been to New York City until two years ago and has only been out of the country once.  And that was to Europe.  I am as far removed from the Latino culture as a person can get.  And yet this is a musical I hold close to my heart because of what it has given me.  Its messages of finding home and being true to yourself and your family and to support each other at all costs are universal.  Everyone can relate to not feeling like they belong.  Everyone has gone through a tough time with family troubles.  Everyone knows what it's like to support a friend in need.

That is what In the Heights is about.  It's about a community coming together for a common purpose.

In the Heights introduced me to a new community of people.  We are the Heights forum, the official discussion forum for the musical.  And at first, that's exactly what we were.  We talked about all things Heights.  Slowly, we exhausted those topics and moved on to more personal matters.  We all started calling each other by name and talking about our own troubles.  We helped each other through tough times and celebrated the good times.  We swapped stories and laughed and cried.  We eventually became a little online family, and almost all of us have now met at least one other person from the forum in real life.

These people are some of my best friends in the world.  They have helped me more than I can say, and I truly hope that I have done the same for them.  They've made me laugh and given me a place to stay.  They've become more than just the people living inside my computer.  They are my real-life friends, people that I will love for the rest of my life.  I met all of these lovely people thanks to In the Heights, and now we are embodying the musical's message of friendship and community.

We are In the Heights.
We love In the Heights.
And we thank In the Heights for bringing us together.

 
 


 
 

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