Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Congrats to 'In the Heights' for Tony Nods

"In the Heights," a new musical playing on Broadway inspired by NYC's largely Latino Washington Heights neighborhood, has been nominated for 13 Tony awards, more than any other show.

Boricua Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical's writer and lead actor, was nominated for best performance by a leading actor in a musical. He is up against Daniel Evans, "Sunday in the Park with George," Stew, "Passing Strange," Paulo Szot, "South Pacific," and Tom Wopat, "A Catered Affair."

"In the Heights" was nominated in a variety of categories, signaling good chances this musical will win and even sweep in the Tony awards.

Here's the list of Tony nominations for "In the Heights":

Best Musical

Best Actor
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Featured Actress
Olga Merediz

Best Featured Actor
Robin de Jesús

Best Score
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Book
Quiara Alegría Hudes

Best Director
Thomas Kail

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler

Best Orchestrations
Alex Lacamoire & Bill Sherman

Best Scenic Design
Anna Louizos

Best Costume Design
Paul Tazewell

Best Lighting Design
Howell Binkley

Best Sound Design
Acme Sound Partners

The Tonys will be given June 15.

Meanwhile, Miranda is asking audience members to nominate "In the Heights" for the Audience Awards. Fans take a survey to pick who's the best on Broadway. To cast your votes:

Puerto Rico Sun wishes "In the Heights" good luck. I had the pleasure of seeing this musical twice, and I know it deserves the Tony recognition. Felicidades. "Paciencia y fe".

To learn more about this musical, go to the official site at -- Clarisel Gonzalez

(photos by Clarisel Gonzalez)
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