In The Heights: Hayes Theatre Cast

In The Heights: Hayes Theatre Cast

Blue Saint Productions has announced the full cast of their upcoming production of the Tony Award winning musical In The Heights at the Hayes Theatre Co. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer behind the Hamilton phenomenon, this brand new, authentic production will run from 16 March 2018.

Playing the role of Usnavi De La Vega (played by Lin Manuel Miranda in the Broadway production) is Ryan Gonzalez. Fresh from treading the boards in Kinky Boots, Ryan is also known at Hayes Theatre Co for his role in Violet and his one-man show Hispanic Attack! Ryan is also playing the role of Freddy in the upcoming Hayes Theatre Co production of The View Upstairs.

Returning to the musical theatre stage to play the role of Benny will be Tim ‘Timomatic’ Omaji. Initially, rising to fame as a contestant in the Australian series So You Think You Can Dance in 2009, Tim was a top three finalist in Australia’s Got Talent in 2011. He played the lead role in the stage musical Fame, and has since become a successful recording artist and songwriter with a string of hits including the 4-x platinum, ARIA nominated single ‘Set It Off’ and has just recently released his new EP ‘Stamina’.

Fresh from the musical The BodyguardOlivia Vasquez will play Vanessa, Usnavi’s beautiful love interest, while in the role of Usnavi’s cousin, Sonny de la Vega, is recent VCA graduate Marty Alix.  The role of college drop-out Nina Rosario who becomes romantically entwined with Benny is Luisa Scrofani (Violet, Spring Awakening).  Playing “Abuela” Claudia, the matriarch of the Barrio, is musical theatre veteran Margi De Ferranti (Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!).  The feisty and funny roles of Daniela and Carla will be played by Monique Montez (We Will Rock You, The REAL Thing) and Libby Asciak (Heathers, The Secret Daughter).  Making her Hayes Theatre Co debut as Nina’s strong-willed mother, Camila, is acclaimed actress Ana Maria Belo (Tribe, HAIR) alongside Nina’s over protective father, Kevin, played by distinguished Colombian actor Alexander Palacio.  Stephen Tannos (So You Think You Can Dance, Fame) takes on the role of Graffiti Pete with the Piragua Guy being played by acclaimed Latino musician Richard Valdez.  Completing the cast in the ensemble are performers Will Centurion (Aladdin, King Kong), Michelle Rozario (The King and I) and Samantha Bruzzese. (The Bodyguard)

In The Heights tells the story of a vibrant Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighbourhood—a place where the coffee from the bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the streets explode with the songs and rhythms of three generations. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

The show was conceived, and the music and lyrics were written by, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is perhaps best known today as the creator of Hamilton, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016 including Best Musical. The book for the show was written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water by the Spoonful.

Produced by the team behind Violet and Songs for A New World, In the Heights creative team features Director Luke Joslin (Songs for a New World), Musical Direction by dual Sydney Theatre Award winning Lucy Bermingham (Violet, Spring Awakening) and Choreography by Amy Campbell (So You Think You Can Dance, Hispanic Attack).

Tickets for In The Heights are now available online at or by calling the Hayes Theatre Co box office during business hours on (02) 8065 7337.

In The Heights is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of R&H Theatricals.

Presented by Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes,

Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Director - Luke Joslin

Musical Director - Lucy Bermingham

Choreographer - Amy Campbell

Set Designer - Simon Greer

Costume Designer - Elizabeth Franklin

Lighting Designer - Trudy Dalgleish

Casting Director - Lynne Ruthven

Resident Director/ Assistant Choreographer - Will Centurion

Venue:                 Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point

Season:                From 16 March 2018

Times:                  Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm and 6pm

Price:                    $69 Adult, $64 Concession, Preview $60

Bookings:  | (02) 8065 7337

Image: Ryan Gonzalez, Olivia Vasquez and  Tim 'Timomatic' Omaji.

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