Monday, October 17, 2016

In the Heights at Kelsey Theatre



What: In the Heights

Where: Kelsey Theatre
             1200 Old Trenton Road
             West Windsor, NJ

Who: Recommended for 10 and up

When: Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22 8:00 PM
            Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 23 8:00 PM
Me - In the Heights was a good show. I was excited to see the show because it was the first show by Lin Manuel Miranda. Now, he has Hamilton. Hamilton is the most popular show on Broadway. The story of In the Heights was interesting. The characters were likable. The acting was good. The singing was good.  However, when they sang sometimes you  couldn't understand what they were singing. Also, some of the show was in Spanish, and I couldn't understand it all. I don't think I ever saw a show on stage that was partly in Spanish. It was different. I only know a little bit of Spanish from watching Dora when I was younger. The set of In the Heights was cool. It looked like a really New York neighborhood. Over all, it was an entertaining show.
Mom - In the Heights was not only Lin Manuel Miranda's first show, it was also a Tony award winning show as well and was even nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The show is about a changing New York neighborhood, and its inhabitants. In some ways, it is much more realistic and lifelike than many other shows that have come before it incorporating both rap music and the Spanish language into the plot. Although, there was no rap when show's like West Side Story were originally produced on Broadway, I don't remember whether they actually spoke any Spanish in the show. They definitely didn't sing any. Of course, the Spanish in the show is both and good and bad especially if you don't actually speak Spanish. It doesn't, however, interfere with being able to understand what is going on in the show even if you don't speak it. The production of the show at Kelsey Theatre is a little hard to follow at times because they don't always sing clearly. The show is well done over all though. The acting, singing and dancing were all good. The set was amazing and very realistic looking.  It really felt like you were in the middle of  a typical New York neighborhood. All in all, it was an enjoyable show.

If you are interested in seeing this show, it will be running for one more weekend with the final performance scheduled for Sunday October 23 at 2:00 PM. For further information or to order tickets click here. Don't hesitate if you are at all interested in seeing the show. It is selling out fast, and it is one of the only productions of the show in the area. A production of the show that has run periodically in Harlem since March of 2016 is frequently sold-out.

And that's our view. What Tony Award winning show would you love to have the opportunity to see?

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