THOMASTON — From Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” Landmark Community Theatre presents the 2008 Tony award-winning best musical, “In the Heights,” opening Sept. 21 at the Thomaston Opera House.

Written about a new generation of Americans, “In the Heights” centers around New York City’s Washington Heights Hispanic community. It’s a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.

It’s also a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Under the direction and choreography of Foster Evans Reese and music direction of Sean Lewis, “In the Heights” features a score full of Latin, hip-hop, salsa, and merengue.

The cast of 26 includes Justin Torres (Torrington) as Usnavi, the corner bodega clerk, Jessica Irizarry (Wolcott) as Vanessa, the beautician with big dreams, Destiny Whitten (Southington) as Nina, a second generation trying to get ahead, Steffon Sampson (Southington) as Benny, the outsider, and Joanne Chenkus (Plantsville) as Abuela Claudia, the matriarch.

LCT continues to offer dynamic and diverse programming, appealing to a wide array of ages and cultures for audiences and performers alike. Noted for community theatre premieres and contemporary musicals such as “Les Miserables,” “Memphis,” “Dream Girls,” “Mamma Mia!,”“Hairspray” and “We Will Rock You,” “In the Heights” utilizes a diverse cast to best represent the time and place in Washington Heights NY. LCT’s performers reside throughout Connecticut and beyond including neighboring towns of Bristol, Southington, Torrington and Waterbury to as far away as Bridgeport, Fairfield, Coventry and Brewster NY. Many chose to travel these distances for an opportunity to perform a great piece of musical theatre in an outstanding facility.

“In the Heights” runs Sept. 21, 27-28 and Oct. 4-5 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. For more information on tickets and group sales, call or visit the Box Office at 860-283-6250 at 158 Main Street Thomaston, or go to www.landmarkcommuntytheatre.org

Connecticut Media Group