Stage Raw: Wuthering "Heights"

Stage Raw: Wuthering "Heights"

Lin-Manuel Miranda stars in his own Broadway hit, In The Heights, now at the Pantages. Photo by Joan Marcus

"Wuthering" actually means windy not withering. Though the former

is prevalent, the latter also applies to Lin-Manuel Miranda's

Latino-rap-calypso musical about living and dying in Washington

Heights, and trying to get out of a barrio that's poised for

gentrification. This is probably the biggest "Latino" musical since West Side Story;

on opening night Mayor V. wandered in to check it out. It focuses on

the owner/families of three small businesses, and Act 1 is awfully

seductive. That seduction wears out in Act 2, when the musical pulls out plot-lines to

their breaking point, trying to double the romance and pathos of Romeo and Juliet with

injections of honey and bathos. Check back on

Monday for a review-proper, along with reviews of all other productions

seen over the weekend. Check back tomorrow for more Hollywood Fringe

updates, and a docket of all shows assigned for the weekend.

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