Tuesday, 2 February 2016

    Review | In The Heights, Kings Cross Theatre ★★★★

    I had the pure pleasure of seeing In the Heights, at Kings Cross Theatre, on Monday 25th. It exceeded every expectation I had.

    I bought the tickets without an overly large amount of knowledge of the show, or the theatre. So for those in the same boat as me here's a brief synopsis:
    The musical is really about the community of Washington Heights, and follows a few key characters through a real turning point of their lives. The Latin vibes are out in full force which means the music, dancing and whole energy, is a joy to watch. 

    We'll start with the theatre....it's essentially permanently temporary. It's not got a life-time contract, but the beauty of that is it allows the freedom to transform the space into whatever's needed. The bar area, before entering the theatre - and which is open to the public - has been decked out to look like a bar you'd find in Washington Heights. The ushers were the friendliest I've ever met, and overall the atmosphere was lovely and comforting. 

    I'm not much of a musical goer, but this musical stays well away from the cringe-inducing bits that I hate, so that's one reason why I utterly fell in love with it. The music was honest, and in keeping with the atmosphere it was trying to evoke.
     Ingeniously, it splits the audience either side of the stage, so you're completely immersed in the actions, with dancers a foot away from you.
    You can see for yourself how innovative, and excellently executed, the choreography is, by simply looking at all the 'Whats On Stage Awards' it's up for. 

    The night we went (date night) there were a lot of ensemble actors filling in for more principle roles....I knew this only because we were informed; all the performances were flawless.
    My standouts were actually one of the ensemble actors - standing in as Vanessa - Jocasta Almgill...an extremely strong dancer, she flowed so naturally between the musical numbers and the acting. AND Joe Aaron Reid, rapping with Sam Mackay, is a match made in heaven. 

    I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed the entire night. It's not like any musical I've seen before, and I know for a fact they have great deals on the tickets at the moment. 

    Go. Go. Go.

    ...M x

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    1 comment

    MarinaSays said...

    Sounds really interesting, especially with the layout being split that way.

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