Muse Productions



Muse Machine presents
In The Heights

¡Bravo! to the cast, orchestra and production assistants of In The Heights for a show Dayton Most Metro called “exhilaratingly joyful”! Check out our videos, plus reviews and previews below!

Study Guide Accessibility

Enjoy In The Heights photos, videos, previews/reviews, program info and more on the archive page!

In The Heights Archive

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 43,000 views across platforms, 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.

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

Watch for an announcement about upcoming Muse performances coming soon.

The Art of Us: A Dayton Mosaic

September 18 & 19, 2021
Schuster Center

Muse Machine will join forces with seven additional performing arts organizations in the Dayton area to showcase and celebrate the incredible talent and creative culture we are so lucky to have in our community. The Art of Us brings together the Bach Society of Dayton, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic, Human Race Theatre Company and Muse Machine on one stage. The Art Of Us is made possible with generous support from the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts.

More information about this event will be announced in the months ahead.

Introducing Dayton Live

What is Dayton Live and what does it mean to Muse Machine? The Victoria Theatre Association and Ticket Center Stage are now collectively known as Dayton Live. They present many of the events at the Schuster Center and Victoria Theatre (including the Broadway Series) and partner with other arts organizations (like Muse Machine, Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic and others) to help facilitate our use of the Victoria Theatre, Schuster Center, Loft Theatre and Metropolitan Arts Center. Ticketing for all of those events now occurs through Dayton Live (formerly Ticket Center Stage) in person at the box office located in the Schuster Center lobby, via phone at 937-228-3630 or online at You’ll find their website easier to use and more informative. Dayton Live will continue to partner with Muse Machine to provide tickets to great productions which are offered to Muse student members. And the next time you purchase tickets for a Muse musical or concert, you’ll do it through Dayton Live!

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