It’s been a few years since In The Heights was on Broadway, but since Hamilton has taken the theater world by storm, it seems that Lin Manuel Miranda is arguably the biggest name in theater right now. Likely due to this, In The Heights is currently gracing the London stage. While on a trip to Europe, I got the opportunity to see the London production of the show. So how was it? Read on to hear my thoughts.
In The Heights London Review
When I walked into the theater’s lobby, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. There was a bar area that was decorated to look like New York City. Being from the NYC area, I was intrigued by the decorations and excited to see what the show would bring.
Once the doors opened for us to take our seats, I was enamored with the theater, which was built on a platform in between old unused train tracks. It was reminiscent of Broadway’s Circle In The Square theater, as the audience sat on two opposite sides of the stage, but more unique in the sense that it was in an old train track area.
As soon as the show began, I was blown away by the level of talent that the cast possessed. While there were certain things that were altered from the Broadway production to fit the space- the set, which was condensed, being one of the most noticeable- the talent the cast had was definitely on par with the original Broadway production.
While the entire cast was impressive, standouts were the women who played Vanessa (Emma Kingston) and Nina (Gabriela Garcia). While Karen Olivo and Mandy Gonalzez will alway have a special place in my heart as the women who originated these roles, the two women who were in the London production were very close both in talent and looks. When Vanessa sang “It Won’t Be Long Now” and Nina sang “Breathe,” I found myself admiring the talent these women possessed and feeling fortunate to get to experience this production in such an intimate space.
I also found this production to have the emotional punch the original had, as I legitimately bawled through the entire second half of the second act.
If you are traveling to London- or live there- make sure to check out this special production of In The Heights. I legitimately can’t say enough good things about it and, as someone who frequents Broadway often, that definitely says something.