New cast members are set to join the company of Olivier Award-winning musical In the Heights from tonight (Monday 11th April).
Joining the cast are Christine Allado (From Here to Eternity, Here Lies Love) as Vanessa, Norma Atallah (The Sound of Music – Live) as Abuela and Jonathan Bishop (The Lion King) as Graffiti Pete (from 15th April). Kimmy Edwards (Memphis, Hairspray) will join the ensemble and Ryan Reid (Shrek The Musical) will join as swing.
The cast will continue to feature David Bedella, who received the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his performance as Kevin, Josie Benson (Sweeney Todd) as Camila, Vas Constanti (Flashdance) as Piragua Guy, Lily Frazer (Cats) as Nina, Sam Mackay (Wonder.land) as Usnavi, Sarah Naudi as Carla, Joe Aaron Reid (Ghost, Broadway) as Benny, Cleve September (professional debut) as Sonny and Philippa Stefani (Ghost the Musical) as Daniela. The cast also includes Jocasta Almgill, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Michael Cortez, Gabriela Garcia, Reiss Hinds and Spin.
In The Heights is the winner of three 2016 Olivier Awards, for Outstanding Achievement in Music, Best Theatre Choreographer (Drew McOnie) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical (David Bedella). Initially booking for a limited four-week run, In the Heights has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre three times and is now booking until Sunday 30th October 2016.
Plot: In the Heights is an uplifting and exhilarating journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan’s most vibrant communities – 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. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which traditions to take with you, and which ones to leave behind. With a gripping story and unforgettable Latin and hip-hop infused score, In the Heights is a ground-breaking contemporary musical about what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.
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