Neighborhood on the Brink

‘In the Heights’ opens season at the Armory

Filled with the sounds of salsa, soul, hip-hop and R&B, Portland Center Stage at the Armory opens its new season with a sizzling summer musical “In the Heights” from Lin-Manuel Miranda of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” and Quiara Alegria Hudes of “Water by the Spoonful.”

The Tony and Grammy award-winning play takes audiences to New York’s diverse and vibrant Washington Heights neighborhood. It’s an immigrant community on the brink of change, where a tight-knit group of friends and neighbors struggle to achieve their dreams.

“This production of ‘In the Heights’ is a celebration of community and filled with some of the most vibrant, energetic and soulful performances,” said director May Adrales. “Right now, it’s urgent and necessary to show that immigrants are an intrinsic part of the fabric and DNA of this country. And they are not faceless entities that are a scourge on our nation. They are our neighbors, friends and families.”

Adrales said it was an important story that she was proud to bring to Portland. She previously directed the production at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The Seattle Times wrote that “It pulses with human warmth ... It even inspires some people to literally dance out of the theater.”

Opening night of “In the Heights” is Friday, Sept. 6 and performances run through Oct. 13 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage at the Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave. Tickets may be purchased online at pcs.org, by phone at 503-445-3700 or in-person from the box office. Recommend for ages 10 and up.