Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man is a musical genius. The “Encanto” soundtrack, “Hamilton,” but it all started with his Broadway musical “In The Heights,” which hits the stage this Friday and Saturday, with an all-Miami cast. If I won the lotto tomorrow, well I know, I would definitely go on a spending spree and buy tickets to the show.
I’ll bet 96,000 [dollars] you won’t get these songs out of your cabeza. From Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony and Grammy award-winning musical “In The Heights.”
Benji Leon: “It’s such a high energy, fun show. It has it all: Love, comedy, drama.”
The movie came out just last year, but now, the story is back on stage this Friday and Saturday, at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Downtown Miami.
Benji Leon: “It’s super exciting.”
Benji Leon stars as Usnavi, a bodega owner in New York City’s Washington Heights.
Benji Leon: “‘From Puerto Rico to Santo Domingo. Wherever we go, we rep our people and the beat go.’ That’s probably my favorite line.”
Alex Miranda: “Man, you sound just like Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s like, wild.”
…Who dreams of life back home in the Dominican Republic, with neighbors also torn between a block they love…
Benji Leon: “You have Abuela Claudia who keeps the entire community together.”
…and hopes of escaping it.
Benji Leon: “It shows someone coming home from college the first time, and they’re the first person to leave the neighborhood.”
It’s an all-South Florida cast, too.
Benji Leon: “Beyond talented. The dancing, the singing, the acting. I’m very lucky with the people I have.”
Alex Miranda: “So what you’re saying is they’re not ‘breaking ya neck for respect or a paycheck?'”
Benji Leon: “Exactly.”
So, Benji’s giving Lin-Manuel a run for his money. Now, as far as this Miranda…
Dancer: “Hey, you.”
Alex Miranda: “Who?”
Alex Miranda: “Who, me?”
Dancer: “You wanna dance?”
Alex Miranda: “Nah, man.”
Un tremendo desastre.
Alex Miranda: “If I win the lottery, you’ll never see me again.”
Benji Leon: “Damn, we only jokin’. Stay broke, then.”
Alex Miranda: “Get a nice studio, get out of el barrio.”
Tickets start at $51.
“In The Heights” is playing this Friday night at 8, and then on Saturday, there’s a 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. show.
To purchase tickets, click here.
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