In the Heights @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre

Gabriel Ramirez and Natalie Chavez (Photo by Joel D. Castro)

Martίn Hernández – Stage Raw

Opening on Broadway during the U.S. housing-based financial meltdown, this 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical deals with gentrification, yet another real estate-grounded scourge that disproportionately harms marginalized communities. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music and lyrics, an exuberant mix of hip-hop, salsa, and other energetic musical genres, and Quiara Alegría Hude’s book, a jumble of storylines that could each warrant their own show, portray the varied ways one vulnerable group meets such an existential threat. Read more…