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Stumptown to open 'In the Heights'

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - David Marquez is the director and choreographer of Stumptown Stages production of In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Stumptown Stages will present the Tony Award-winning “In the Heights,” created by writer, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda.

With “In the Heights,” Miranda — also responsible for the Broadway musical “Hamilton” — tells the “universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music,” according to a show summary. “It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which you leave behind.”

The show received Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. Miranda also received Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy Award for “In the Heights.”

The local production is directed and choreographed by David Marquez, whose Broadway credits include: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” The Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Stanley” at Circle in the Square; “The 1994 Gypsy of the Year Contest” for which he received the Absolute Theatre Award as “Best of Show” for his entry, called “Galileo.”

Marquez has a lengthy Broadway acting resume, as well, including “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and the national tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

“In the Heights” opens April 14 and continues through May 1 at Portland’5 Brunish Theatre at Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway in Portland. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets range in price from $26-$40. Order online at stumptownstages.org or Portland5.com or call the box office at 800-273-1530.