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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