Tony Award Winning ‘In The Heights’ Closes Out CSUSB’s Season to Shout About

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– On May 31, the Ellen Weisser Endowed Theatre Showcase will present the CSUSB Theatre Department’s season grand finale: the Tony and Grammy Award winning musical, “In The Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, and conceived by Miranda.

Filled with salsa, hip-hop, soulful ballads and moments of pure musical bliss, “In The Heights” tells the tale of the vibrant melting pot of cultures in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood: A place where descendants of Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican immigrants come together, where the windows are always open, and the streets explode with songs and rhythms of three generations. 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 ones you leave behind.

“In The Heights,” soon to be a major Warner Bros. motion picture, is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations, as well as a 2009 Grammy Award for best musical show.

Directed by professor Kathryn Ervin, “In The Heights” plays May 31, June 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances June 2, 8, and 9 at 2 p.m. In addition, due to high demand, a very sneak preview of the production is being added on Thursday, May 30 at 8 p.m.

Individual tickets can be purchased from the CSUSB Theatre Arts Box Office, oronlineat Ticket prices are $6 for students and children under 17; $12 for faculty, staff, senior citizens and military; $15 for adults. Performances take place in the Ronald E. Barnes Theatre on the CSUSB campus. Parking at CSUSB is $6 Monday-Friday and $3 on the weekend.

For additional information, please contact the Theatre Box Office at (909) 537-5884 or

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