Lights up on Washington Heights: in 2021/2022 MAE Stage Productions will bring ‘In The Heights’ to the Netherlands for the very first time. They will perform the original English/Spanish version, written by the genius writer and composer of ‘Hamilton’, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
In 2007, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical gathered thirteen Tony Awards of which four were won, including Best Musical. The musical shows three days in the life of the young Usnavi in his neighbourhood ‘Washington Heights’ and tells the dreams and ambitions of the Latinx community in the barrio of New York City through rap and swinging, energetic Latin music.
MAE Stage Productions
The main mission of Marvin van der Horst and Melissa Zijsling, the owners of MAE Stage Productions, is to bring inclusivity and diversity to the Dutch theaters. “We think it's important that theatre not only serves as entertainment, but that it also inspires and motivates,” says Marvin.
Melissa, being of Colombian and Costa Rican descent, emphasizes: “As a Latina, this opportunity means a lot to me. In our society there is so much diversity in terms of ethnicity, sexual orientation and mental health: you should see that in the theatre.” The producers want to cast the roles as accurately as possible and complement them with a very diverse ensemble.
For this first production in the Netherlands, MAE has managed to assemble a strong team of creatives. Directing and vocal coaching is in the hands of (song)writer Orihana Calcines, who was born in Venezuela. She directed ‘Het Jij Komt Terecht Project’, a Dutch-language Dear Evan Hansen album, worked as musical director in Vienna, Hamburg and Berlin on a German Hadestown project, and lived in New York City in the summer of 2019. “Working with such amazing people is a great honor, so as my mother would say: pa'lante es pa'lla!”
The high level of dance also demands a choreographer of the same caliber, namely Roy Jonathans, who worked for A-brands such as Nike and various TV programs including ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. “My work as a choreographer and creative director has taken me all over the world and I have learned one thing: music and dance connects. I can't wait to connect the Dutch audience with this show.”
Together with his partner Franklin Ignacio they lead the Dutch Dance Artistry. Franklin will support the production, and has a great personal connection to this play, which they have seen together on both Broadway and West End. “This story takes place in the Latin community of New York, but the message is universal. Hope, dreams, community, family, friendship and love. It is something of all times.“
Conductor and composer Carlo Balemans will fly back from Colombia to fulfill his task as musical director. He has been in the business for over 35 years and is looking forward to this brand-new experience. "To be able to play this music in theaters, surrounded by such colleagues: that truly is a gift."
Join the cast
From Sunday, November 29, it is possible to register for this spectacular production, which will play in March 2022. The auditions for In The Heights will take place on February 13, 20 and 21 in the Torenlaan Theater in Zeist. Rehearsals will also take place here on Tuesday evenings from May 2021.
Also, there will be a separate audition for the dance ensemble on a date that soon will be determined.
For registration and / or questions, please visit www.maestageproductions.nl.