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“In The Heights” Comes To Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

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August 8, 2017

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre is continuing its 51st season with “In the Heights,” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway sensation “Hamilton.” This heartfelt musical tells the universal story of the American Dream, set to a Latin beat. A jubilant celebration of urban life, the show’s tuneful score is enlivened by the stirring rhythms of salsa, rap and Latin pop.

Returning to direct “In the Heights” is Darnell Patrick Morris, who has directed several Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre productions, such as “Spelling Bee” (2010), “Hairspray” (2011), “Avenue Q” (2012) and “Into the Woods” (2013). He has been a director, choreographer and theater educator in the Washington, D.C., area for the past decade and recently founded Ovations Theatre, a new musical theater education and performance program for young people. His past productions have been honored with many awards, including the City Paper’s Best of Baltimore (Best Musical 2015: “Caroline or Change” at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative); Ruby Griffith Awards (Outstanding Achievement in a Musical 2013: “Avenue Q” at ASGT, and others); the WATCH Award (Outstanding Musical 2013: “Ragtime” at Kensington Arts Theatre), and Broadway World Washington D.C. Awards (Best Community Theatre Production of a Musical 2013: “Ragtime”).

“At its core, ‘In the Heights’ is a show about family, love and connection,” Morris said. “I am beyond excited to direct this musical by the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda. Through his lyrics and score, he creates a story that transcends race, age and economic status to focus on the human condition. The show’s universally relatable themes make the story relevant and enjoyable for everyone — especially those who value family, relationships and hard work. I truly believe that ‘In the Heights’ is a perfect story for ASGT’s audience, and I am honored to create, with my team, this beautiful piece of theater.”

“In the Heights” is rated PG. Parental discretion is advised. The show runs Thursdays to Sundays at 8:30pm through September 3. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.summergarden.com.

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