Muse Machine presents
In The Heights
“When this musical erupts in one of its expressions of collective joy, the energy it gives off could light up the George Washington Bridge for a year or two!”
—The New York Times
From Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton) comes the story of a vibrant community where the coffee from the corner shop is always light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. On the brink of change, friends and family bring their hopes and dreams to life.
Starring more than 100 young people from across the Miami Valley, the Muse Machine musical has been praised by The Dayton Daily News as “a performing arts all-star effort,” while The Oakwood Register has called it “an evening of true theatrical joy… ”
Performances January 16-19, 2020 at the Victoria Theatre
Tickets on sale now through Ticket Center Stage: order online using the link below, call 937-228-3630 or visit the Ticket Center Stage box off in the lobby of the Schuster Center.Purchase Tickets for In The Heights
Dayton’s young professionals and arts enthusiasts gather at Table 33 for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres before the Friday performance—attend the Social & Show:Social & Show Info
One of Dayton’s oldest and most beloved theatrical evenings—attend Muse Machine’s Benefit Dinner alongside one of the Saturday performances:Benefit Evening Info Watch the announcement video Visit the announcement puzzles Accessibility at performances
Joining the creative team
When Muse musical director Rufus Bonds Jr. was invited to teach at Syracuse University, people were curious who will direct Muse’s next show. We are thrilled to introduce our new director, along with a few other new faces who will help to shape the upcoming production of In The Heights.
Muse welcomes Jeffrey Polk as the director of this year’s musical. Jeffrey is an actor (television, Broadway, national tours), director and choreographer with a powerful international reputation (our Muse conversations began while he completed a directing project in Japan this summer). As a resident of a largely Hispanic American community on the West Coast, Jeffrey is excited to join the Muse family and to tell this particular story.
Choreographer Lula Elzy returns from New Orleans to Muse for her 21st season, and this time combines forces with two visiting choreographers. A collaborator on past Muse summer performances, dancer, choreographer and teacher Armando Silva returns to Muse Machine from Houston, where his students are predominantly new arrivals to the U.S. and/or first generation Americans from Mexico, Latin America, South America and the Philippines.
Tyson Randolph, a dancer and choreographer based in New Orleans, returns to Muse after contributing to our production of Hairspray several years ago. Most of our cast experienced his unparalleled energies during their auditions and he will collaborate on the creation of selected dances for our version of the show.
Each new production is an opportunity to grow the creative skills and life skills of more than 100 students who work together to make something wonderful. Some shows open additional doors to educate students and audiences alike about other periods, places and cultures. The new contributors to this creative process, alongside returning team members and our students, are eager to explore and celebrate the culture and people around which this story is based!
Full of singing, dancing and high spirits... we left feeling optimistic about the future of show business and also about life in general.The Dayton Daily News