Muse Productions


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

Lin-Manuel Miranda and movie team send emotional messages to Muse cast

Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted “All I want for Christmas is for you to post footage of your reactions when you watch the In The Heights movie trailer…” So here we are, the young Dayton cast of Muse Machine’s In The Heights, watching the trailer… and reacting with all our hearts:

Jon Chu (director of the In The Heights movie and Crazy Rich Asians) shared the Muse Machine reaction video, saying, “Good morning! Wow yesterday was surreal. I’m still shaking. Here’s one of my favorite reactions to the trailer of the In The Heights movie. THIS is why I’ve wanted to make movies since I was a kid in a class just like this one.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who conceived In The Heights and Hamilton, commented on the Muse Machine cast, “Jon sent this to the movie cast group chat and everyone is crying. To be in a high school musical again…” Miranda then sent a loving video message to the Muse cast:

Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the book of the In The Heights stage musical and the screenplay of the movie, said, ”Young Dayton Ohio cast of In The Heights reacts to In The Heights movie and my heart overfloweth.”

Olga Merediz (principal cast member in Orange Is The New Black, the In The Heights movie and Tony nominated for In The Heights on Broadway), commenting on Muse Machine’s reaction, “This. This made me cry!”

Melissa Barrera (singer and principal cast member of the In The Heights movie) responded to Muse with, “Bawling (with crying and heart emojis).”

Stephanie Beatriz (cast member of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the In The Heights movie) reacted to Muse through emojis as well, with tears and hearts.

The official In The Heights movie tweeted, “BRB SOBBING We love you Muse Machine, Dayton Ohio!”

Muse Machine’s story was retweeted by Leslie Grace (singer/songwriter and principal cast member of the In The Heights movie) and the story was covered by Broadway World.

With over 29,000 views as well as kind reactions coming in from across the globe, we are overwhelmed by the outpouring. Nothing could make us happier than to express our love for this story to the creators who bring it to life. The loving responses from Lin-Manuel and the movie team have infused our project with excitement and emotion.

Accessibility at performances

Joining the creative process

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.

Yvonne Wathen from The Puerto Rican, American and Caribbean Organization (PACO) will speak to the group about Hispanic cultures and community, as well as reflecting on the students’ performances.

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!

Summer Performance

For general information about Muse Machine’s musicals and concerts (including audition and performance timelines), click here.

The Joint Is Jumpin’ Archive

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