Once again Muse Productions is pushing the boundaries with their its show, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical In the Heights.
This was the first show written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and author of the smash hit and multi-award winning Hamilton, currently the hottest ticket on Broadway and the West End.
In the Heights first opened on Broadway just ten years ago in 2008 and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, winning four: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations. It also won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The West End production was nominated for thirteen Olivier and WhatsOnStage awards, including Best New Musical in both awards and won four of those. Last year the West End production closed having been extended for four years past its original four-month-long run in 2014. Bringing this show to a Shannon stage just a year after it closed in the West End is a huge coup for Muse Productions as the local company always strives to seek new challenges and opportunities.
Set in Washington Heights, New York, In the Heights is a part love story, part coming of age, part family drama and all heart. Washington Heights was a melting pot where Irish, Latino and Jewish families made their homes after being forced from their native lands by emigration, much like Shannon became a home for people from all over Ireland and beyond who built their own community and raised a new generation here.
Muse hopes to attract many of this new generation to come and take part in the show, as it’s music is a fusion of Latin rhythms, street and even a little rap and hip-hop. This is a musical for all ages. The dance is vibrant and modern and will be choreographed by Pam McGlynn, while the beautiful melodies, harmonies and syncopated rhythms will be under the baton of Mary Rose McNally.
Muse is very proud to have the services of such talented collaborators from the region. Direction and set design will once more be under the sure hand of Martin McNelis, who directed the award-winning Man of La Mancha in 2016. Muse will hold open auditions for this production in the Wolfe Tones GAA Club on Sunday, June 10th.
The twelve parts to be played range from a sixteen-year-old to an elderly grandmother and everything else in between, with an even split of male and female roles. Dancers, particularly hip-hop or street, are particularly welcome as are all ethnicities, as Muse wants to highlight the diversity in the Shannon region and represent it in the casting where possible, focusing on local talent, particularly the talented graduates of Eclipse Stage School.