Seattle Rep’s IN THE HEIGHTS: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents IN THE HEIGHTS by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes from November 23 – December 30, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, films, and music to enhance your experience of the show.

In the Heights blends hip-hop, jazz, pop, salsa, and merengue to tell a story set in the Latinx community of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. For more stories of Latinx folks making their way in New York City check out Julia Alvarez’s classic novel How the García Girls Lost Their Accents or the 2018 National Book Award winning The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue is the first play in Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy, which examines the legacy of war through three generations of a Puerto Rican family. This play was a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize. Water by the Spoonful, the second play in the trilogy, won the prize in 2012.

The original Broadway cast recording of In the Heights showcases Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stunning music and lyrics. For more of Miranda’s music listen to the Broadway sensation Hamilton: An American Musical or the soundtrack to the Disney animated musical Moana.

The documentary From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A Bronx Tale provides a fascinating look at the history of many of the musical styles featured in In the Heights. The essays included in Salsa World: A Global Dance in Local Contexts focus on Salsa Dance in specific locals to examine the ways Salsa has spread across the world.

For more suggested reading, listening and viewing, check out this resource list.

~ Posted by Richard V.

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