Review: In The Heights, Kings Cross Theatre

So I watched In the Heights, at the Kings Cross Theatre for a second time this Friday. This was a treat to myself after a particularly tough week. As I was there less to critique it and more to enjoy it, I’m not going to a write a second review, but rather thought that I’d reblog my first one. My only change in reflections since writing this first review is that I was far to critical about the ending. The show is a triumph and one of its kind for celebrating the immigrants story as something to be proud of rather than the cause of much conflict and confusion. The ending helps to reconcile that and I suppose I didn’t realise this at the time. Perhaps if I do see it a third time (which is very likely), I’ll consider doing another review.

I also did an On the Spot Review, which admittedly isn’t my best! But I’m working on it 🙂

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This show is unlike many other musicals I have seen. It is able to capture the lives of Latin American immigrants in the US by shaking up the way the medium conventionally presents a story on the stage. The score and choreography is uniquely infused with the musical stylings of salsa, hip hop and R&B. Furthermore the show takes the form of a soap opera, enabling the audience to delve into multiple story arcs and be confronted by the political and cultural issues often faced by this community.

It is set in a New York City borough of Manhattan called Washington Heights. The lead character is Usnavi, the straight talking yet kind-hearted bodega owner who dreams of travelling back to the Dominican Republic. We also follow the Rosaros, who run a family-owned taxi company and try to keep their family together in the face of financial pressure. Other characters whose journey…

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