To celebrate In the Heights 10th anniversary, creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda and other members of the original Broadway cast came together for a reunion at BroadwayCon.
Miranda, who wrote the show’s music and lyrics and played its central character, Usnavi, was joined by costars
Karen Olivo (Vanessa),
Olga Merediz (Abuela Claudia),
Javier Muñoz (original ensemble, Usnavi)
Mandy Gonzales (Nina Rosario)
Priscilla Lopez (Camila Rosario)
Christopher Jackson (Benny)
Janet Ducal (Carla)
Seth Stewart (Graffiti Pete)
and musical director Alex Lacamoire.
The panel discussed the impact the musical had on Broadway and was moderated by Miranda’s father, Luis Miranda.
In the Heights first arrived on Broadway in 2008, following a bevy of characters in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The production won four Tony Awards, including best musical, and saw Miranda working with collaborators he’d reunite with again years later for his current Broadway hit, Hamilton (among them director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, costume designer Paul Tazewell, Lacamoire, Muñoz, and his future George Washington, Christopher Jackson).