A new cast scales The Heights as hit show celebrates a glittering first year

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In The Heights celebrates one year in London.

Last Friday evening an enthusiastic audience packed into the King’s Cross Theatre to celebrate the first anniversary of In The Heights, the runaway hit musical that won the hearts of theatregoers last year and has continued playing to packed houses since. Winning an impressive three Olivier Awards back in April was the icing on the cake for a show already basking in the glory of rave reviews. Now entering its second year, and with a handful of changes in casting, the story focuses on the day-to-day lives of some of the residents of Washington Heights, the epicentre of the bustling Latino community in New York.

On this special gala performance of the show, the atmosphere was electric as the cast took to the stage and delivered an energetic and impassioned rendition of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-infused score. Drew McOnie’s sharp, story-driven choreography continues to dazzle and with direction from Luke Sheppard, the songs and dialogue are fast-paced and addictive.

Last year, we described the show as brave, exciting and sexy. We’re delighted to report that nothing about this enigmatic piece of musical theatre has declined over the past twelve months. If anything, it seems to be improving with age.

As Lin-Manuel Miranda’s even bigger hit Hamilton, winner of eleven Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, prepares to open the newly renovated Victoria Palace Theatre in October 2017, the producers of In The Heights will no doubt be hoping that they’ll be around to celebrate their second birthday at about the same time. We certainly hope so. Here is a show that deserves to run and run.

Read our full review of In The Heights here.

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