To Light Opera of New Jersey’s patrons and supporters:
We regret to inform you that we must cancel our planned summer 2021 production of In the Heights in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. As always, the health and well-being of our audience members, our performing artists and our production teams are our top priority. Less importantly but still of concern, New Jersey’s pandemic response currently restricts all indoor gatherings to the lesser of 150 people or 25% of venue capacity. Under those conditions, we cannot sell enough tickets to cover even a substantial fraction of our production costs.
LONJ is effectively in hibernation for at least the remainder of 2021, with no immediate plans for live performances or in-person fundraisers this year. Planning for our 2022 season is in full swing, however, so please stay tuned! Meanwhile, all of us at LONJ wish you well in these troubling times and we look forward to seeing you once again in the theater when we return.
Based on a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, conceived by, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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.