Light Opera of New Jersey continues its 25th Season of operetta and musical theatre with a production of Tony award-winning In the Heights. Based on a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, conceived by, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 8 PM on July 17, 18, 24 and 25; 2 PM on July 19 and 26
In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban woman next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.
The score features hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music.
Tickets will be available later this year.