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In The Heights (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Original

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Harlem Repertory Theatre revives Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical in an intimate and expressionistic new production.

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In the neighborhood of Washington Heights, Usnavi is a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, and pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon. He dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, his childhood friend, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.


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95
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if IF YOU LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE HEIGHTS.IT WILL REMIND US OF SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS WE GREW UP IN AND THE GOING ONS OF OUR NEIGHBORS.

Don't see it if IF YOU WANT TO PUT YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND AND IGNORE A DIFFERENT WAY OF VIEWING THINGS.

82
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You would like to see problems of young people, and such wonderful energy brought to the stage, met with Lin Manuel-Miranda's writing.

Don't see it if You cannot keep up with fast singing, dislike rap music, or desire a more "Broadway" sound.

72
Entertaining

See it if I saw this show when it was off broadway and then on broadway. The characters are a bit cliché but show is enjoyable. Good set.

Don't see it if Not a sophisticated show and characters are not probed too deeply.

63
Good acting, Amateurish, Enthusiastic, A few really poor singers, Cumbersome staging

See it if you want to pretend you're seeing the strong voices, professional staging & lighting & good choreography that do this amazing show justice.

Don't see it if bad singing, dim lighting w/ some numbers performed almost in the dark, chaotic dancing and blocking and a hot theater bother you.

Also Lots of heart here, and it was a worthy effort for community theater, ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like the stories from In The Heights, this show really captures the spirit of the original in a fresh way.

Don't see it if You're looking for Hamilton. Lin's pre-Hamilton work is very different...still brilliant, but different.

Also A few sound issues came in, but other than that this was a really well... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed shows like Hamilton that brings life into a story over a good beat.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. I would still recommend giving it a go anyway.

91
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you like rap and off broadway productions. Great show!!

Don't see it if are not interested in smaller productions.

88
Funny, Ambitious, Relevant, Great writing, Great singing

See it if young actors doing a great job to bring the classic lin miranda show to the harlem rep theater

Don't see it if not a fan of rap or need hearing devises as sound system had issues

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to energetic talented youths in a new staging

Don't see it if You want a Broadway quality sound

93
Delightful, Enchanting, Epic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Lin-Manuel, are in the heights, or just wanna swing your bandera around

Don't see it if you're jaded, racist, don't like hip hop & rap

80
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You love a genius like Miranda!!

Don't see it if you hate rap and hip-hop

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Loved it. Great energy

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

78
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You appreciate Latin culture, are interested in social issues, thoughtful provoking and entertaining plot.

Don't see it if You don't like hip hop/rap/urban music.

Also I was disappointed in this production. The show itself is probably muc... Read more Read less

81
Compelling, interesting, high energy

See it if you want to feel alive and you like the city beat.

Don't see it if you want a calm sedate show.

80
Ambitious, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love "Heights" or the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda. You want an intimate theater experience. You like supporting community organizations.

Don't see it if You expect a polished, Broadway-level performance rather than a charming, DIY vibe. You don't like rap mixed with your musical theater.

100
Ambitious, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Never the Bway production

Don't see it if Not into musicald

70
Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love anything written by Lin Manuel Miranda, no matter what it is. Or you grew up in the heights yourself.

Don't see it if You're expecting another Hamilton, because it's not Hamilton!

70
Insightful, Original, Ambitious, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if You would enjoy ethnic immigrant NYC characters and themes, and a mix of salsa and hip-hop.

Don't see it if The venue is a high school gym with no A/C. The sound system had feedback problems. I understood about half of the lyrics.

80
Ambitious, Refreshing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of L-MM's pre-Hamilton work or if you have never seen this show. This is a cleverly-staged, energetically performed production.

Don't see it if you're not willing to support talented performers in an uptown venue; or if you just don't like this musical. (I don't but I still enjoyed.)

81
Ambitious, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining, Very good rendition of original

See it if You are a Lin-Manuel fan, and love the original. This cast does a terrific job, and the use of the space is clever.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate show infused with rap.

79
Original, Clever, Resonant, Entertaining, Fun

See it if like latin-inspired music, like Lin-Manuel Miranda's shows, never saw it before

Don't see it if want a really professional production, don't like latin or hip-hop music

88
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Clever and entertaining. I prefer IN THE LIFE to HAMILTON

Don't see it if You don't find Hispanic life entertaining

90
Original, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You are looking for something original with a lot of culture and a message about the importance of community and family.

Don't see it if You prefer something more classic Broadway.

95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if If you like high energy dancing and singing

Don't see it if If you have tickets to Hamilton lol

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if A wonderful exciting musical that is so fresh entertaining. I was pleasantly surprised. Highly recommend this

Don't see it if If you don't like new fresh musicals


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