In the Heights: Jon Rua plays 'Sonny'

Jon Rua temporarily plays the role of 'Sonny' for 5 weeks only from 22 Jun - 25 Jul 2010, assuming the role from David Del Rio. At the end of the five weeks Rua will then assume the role of 'Graffiti Pete' from 26 Jun 2010, with returning cast member Shaun Taylor-Corbett (ensemble) assuming the role of 'Sonny,' which he previously understudied.

Rua returns to In The Heights where he previously made his Broadway debut in the show's ensemble and understudied the roles of 'Sonny' and 'Grafitti Pete.' Off-Broadway credits include 'The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity' (Second Stage), 'In the Heights' and 'Damn Yankees' (Encores!).

In The Heights currently stars Bianca Marroquin (Daniela), David Del Rio (Sonny), *Janet Dacal (Nina), Marcy Harriell (Vanessa), Christopher Jackson (Benny), Priscilla Lopez (Camila), Olga Merediz (Abuela Claudia), **Corbin Bleu (Usnavi), Rick Negrón (Kevin), Courtney Reed (Carla) and Seth Stewart (Graffiti Pete).
As previously announced:
*American Idol winner Jordin Sparks joins the cast as 'Nina' on 19 Aug 2010.
**Corbin Bleu will play his final performance as 'Usnavi' on 17 Aug 2010.

In The Heights opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on 9 Mar 2008, following previews from 14 Feb 2008, and is currently selling tickets through to 2 Jan 2011.

The show opened on Broadway to mostly good to luke-warm reviews: "There is no more joyful musical to see this season." (New York Theatre Guide); "What it lacks in story and believability it makes up for in a vibrant rap- and salsa-flavored score." (NY Daily News); "Delivers a festive time that plenty of people will enjoy." (Star-Ledger); "Not a great musical. But it's about as impossible to dislike as an adorable puppy." (USA Today); "Deeply flawed and deeply pleasurable." (NY Sun) and "an uncalculated charmer. (Variety).

In The Heights: A quintessential New York musical about a vibrant and tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. The music pulses with the hopes and dreams of three generations as they struggle to forge an identity in a neighborhood on the brink of transition.

The musical is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, scene design by Anna Louizos, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley and sound by Acme Sound Partners.

In The Heights is the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

In The Heights is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Jill Furman, who also produced the Off Broadway production.

The show began life off Broadway at 37 Arts Theatre, where it ran from 8 Feb - 15 Jul 2007, playing 33 preview and 182 regular performances. That production won the 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreographer, the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Outer Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreography, Obie Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics, and finally a Theatre World Award for Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Jon Rua

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