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La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment presents IN THE HEIGHTS

by: David Elzer
Published: May 23, 2022


LA MIRADA...From the songwriting genius behind Hamilton, Encanto, and Moana, Lin Manuel-Miranda, LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT are thrilled to present his first acclaimed celebration of family and community, IN THE HEIGHTS: music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, musical direction by Brent Crayon, co-directed & choreographed by Marissa Herrera, and directed by Benjamin Perez. IN THE HEIGHTS will preview on Friday, June 3 at 8 pm & Saturday, June 4 at 2 pm (with a press opening on Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm) and will run through Sunday, June 26, 2022 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood - 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. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto, Moana, and Hamilton), this hip musical will win you over with its sweet story and hot tunes!


BENJAMIN PEREZ (Director) Directed In the Heights for Candlelight Pavilion, Musical Theatre West, and Lewis Family Playhouse. National Tours: Nice Work If You Can Get It as “Sen. Evergreen” (directed by Kathleen Marshall), In the Heights as “Kevin Rosario” (directed by the original creative team of Thomas Kail, Alex Lacamoire, Andy Blankenbuehler). Regional: “Herald” in Assassins (EWP), “King Agnarr” in Frozen, “Gomez” in The Addams Family, “Bill Austin” in Mamma Mia, “Juan Peron” in Evita, and “Tito Mirelli” in Lend Me A Tenor. Benjamin traveled the world as a Guest Entertainer for Princess Cruises and studied with Ben Bollinger's renowned Citrus College Singers.

MARISSA HERRERA (Co-Director/Choreographer) is a 3rd generation Chicana/Indigenous woman and Los Angeles native. Feature credits include Two Feet In (Executive Producer). Other credits include: “L.A. Philharmonic - Toyota Symphonies for Youth & Families” (2022 Theatrical Director), Fender Play: Latin Pathway (Content Producer/Director), Selena Forever - National Tour (Ensemble), In the Heights at Candlelight Pavilion (Choreographer), Zoot Suit: 35th Anniversary Tour (“Lupe Reyna”), and Quixote Nuevo at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Choreographer). Marissa is also the Co-Founder/Executive Artistic Director of 4C LAB.

BRENT CRAYON (Musical Director/Conductor) is a musical director and pianist based in Los Angeles. He has collaborated with many notable artists such as Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Daisy Prince, John Caird, Paul Gordon, Richard Maltby, Jr., and John Bucchino. Favorite theatrical productions include the West Coast premieres of First Date, Songs for a New World, and Tick, Tick...BOOM!, as well as the world premiere productions of Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots and John Bucchino’s It’s Only Life. Brent can be seen and heard in La Mirada Theatre & McCoy Rigby’s production of A Night with Janis Joplin streaming on Broadway HD.

The Cast of IN THE HEIGHTS features Rubén J. Carbajal as “Usnavi,” Daisy Marie Lopez as “Nina,” Hosea Mundi as “Benny,” Claudia Mulet as “Vanessa,” Jacquelin Lorraine Schofield as “Abuela Claudia,” Jose Carlos Rivera as “Sonny,” Shadia Fairuz as “Daniela,” Crissy Guerrero as “Camila,” Lindsey Dantes as “Carla,” Kevin Solis as “Piragua Guy,” Benjamin Perez as “Kevin Rosario,” and Kevin Trinio Perdido as “Grafitti Pete.” The Ensemble features (in alphabetical order): Steven-Adam Agdeppa, Marcos Alexander, Remmie Bourgeois, Bianca Brandon, Andrea Dobbins, Juan Guillen, Haley Izurieta, Rachel Josefina, Jodi Marks, Monika Peña, Mario Rocha, Tristan Turner, Isaac Uhlenberg, and Bridget Whitman.

The Design Team for IN THE HEIGHTS is as follows: Scenic Design by Music and Theater Co.; Lighting Design by Donny Jackson; Sound Design by Josh Bessom; Projection Design by Jon Infante; Costume Design by Shon LeBlanc; Costume Supervisor Adam Ramirez; Hair/Wig/Makeup Design by Kaitlin Yagen; Properties Coordinator Kevin Williams. The Casting Director is Julia Flores. The Production Stage Manager is John W. Calder, III.


IN THE HEIGHTS will preview on Friday, June 3 at 8 pm & Saturday, June 4 at 2 pm (with a press opening on Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm) and will run through Sunday, June 26 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 pm & 8 pm and Sundays at 1:30 pm & 6:30 pm.

There will be an Open-Captioned performance on Saturday, June 18 at 2 pm. Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be on Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets range from $17 - $84 (prices subject to change) and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre’s website, or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Group discounts are available. $15 Student Tickets are available. Children under 3 will not be admitted into the theatre.

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue where the 91 and 5 freeways meet. Parking is free.


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