“Casting this show with Vancouver-based musical theatre artists was a challenge considering not only the setting for the piece, but also the demands on the type of music and lyrics that Lin-Manuel Miranda has written,” said director Bill Millerd. “Along with musical director Ken Cormier and assistant director/choreographer Lisa Stevens, I’m excited about working with the multi-talented group we’ve assembled; their energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to the material is what will make In the Heights a memorable experience for Vancouverites. The community that we have brought together here, on stage, is every bit as fiercely proud as the residents of Washington Heights.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony Award–winning lyricist and composer of In the Heights. A native of northern Manhattan, Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent. While attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Miranda began writing the music and lyrics for In the Heights in 1999. After nearly a decade in development, and a celebrated run off-Broadway, In the Heights premiered on Broadway in 2008, with Miranda in the starring role. The play achieved both widespread acclaim and commercial success, enjoying a three-year run on Broadway. Not only were Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes awarded the Tony for Best Musical, but the pair was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.