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In The Heights — Blue Saint Productions

A salsa-dancing, big-dreaming Manhattan community takes over the Sydney Opera House.
By Jasmine Crittenden
January 14, 2019
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In The Heights — Blue Saint Productions

A salsa-dancing, big-dreaming Manhattan community takes over the Sydney Opera House.
By Jasmine Crittenden
January 14, 2019
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The Sydney Opera House will transform into a salsa-dancing Manhattan neighbourhood for five nights this January. Part of Sydney Festival, In The Heights is a quadruple Tony Award-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana), which made its Sydney debut at Hayes Theatre last year.

At the centre of the action is Usnavi, a bodega owner drowning in debt and dreaming about moving to the Dominican Republic. But he's not the only one yearning for change — a family is also desperate to send their daughter to a prestigious university and a woman longs to have a roof over her head. Watch their stories unravel, punctuated by plenty of salsa dancing soundtracked by a live Latino band.

To celebrate the launch of the musical at the House, the Northern Foyer will host a fairy light-lit, flag-decked pop-up known as the Fiesta Bar, where you're invited to dance the night away, while sipping on margaritas and feasting on tacos and empanadas. The pop-up bar is, however, only accessible to those who have tickets to the musical.

Images: Grant Leslie.

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