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A Highly Entertaining, Energetic 'In the Heights' At Playhouse On Park

A Highly Entertaining, Energetic 'In the Heights' At Playhouse On Park

They share the same initials, but West Hartford ain’t Washington Heights. I nonetheless expected Playhouse on Park would have a special feel for “In the Heights,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 musical about the vibrant, diverse neighborhood near where he grew up in New York City.

Playhouse on Park knows the importance of community. The theater treats its audiences in a neighborly manner. And because the playhouse stage is a wide, deep, square floor-level arrangement, Playhouse on Park has a special affinity for shows set on city streets. In recent seasons, those have included “Avenue Q,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Hair.”

“In the Heights” can be an ambitious show to produce....

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