In The Heights

Over the course of the Tony award-winning musical, In the Heights, we encounter the many colorful residents of Washington Heights – a New York City neighborhood on the brink of change.

Usnavi, a first generation Dominican-American corner bodega owner, and his friends and family are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses. As one family struggles to figure out how to pay for an Ivy League tuition for their brilliant and hard working daughter, a young woman is trying to put a down payment on a new apartment, and Usnavi himself is trying to get back to the Dominican Republic to reconnect with his roots after the death of his parents.

In Washington Heights, community is everything, and we see how each of these individuals struggles to survive and how these same individuals come together as a community to mourn their losses and rejoice in their triumphs. Over the course of the show, we see the hard-working residents of Washington Heights grapple with love and lust, identity and racism, all while the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air, potentially changing the livelihoods of the people and the community forever.

This revolutionary new musical combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell a captivating story about what it means to chase your dreams as you cling to your roots, and to celebrate the community from which you grew.

VENUE: The Derby Guildhall Theatre
DATE: Wednesday 30th August - Saturday 2nd September


Producer: Kristian Cunningham

Director: Alysha Gomes

Musical Director: Tom Bond

Choreographer: Kristian Cunningham


Usnavi: Maison Kelley

Nina: Becky Wrench

Abuela: Deborah McPherson

Benny: Tom Hopcroft

Vanessa: Natalia Brown

Kevin: Ross Lowe

Camila: Hannah Eve Brent

Sonny: Benito Preite

Daniela: Shona Manderson

Carla: Chloe Hopcroft

Piraqua: Duncan Leech

Grafitti Pete: Thomas James Martin


Anna Cousins, Beth Denham, Betsy-Mae Kirkland-BallCandice Shevaun Curnow, Charlotte Bond, Chelsea Hawkins, Connor Stanmore, Emily May Corner, Georgie Bond, Georgie Kemish, Hattie Kemish, Hayden Fletcher, Helen Perry, Jessica Bridge, Jinny Gould, Katie Lawson, Laura Powell, Scarlett Symone, Sophie Lowe, Stephen Lambert, Tayla Evans & Thomas James Martin



Keyboards: Rob Upton & Matt Henderson

Drums: David Shipley

Percussion: Helen Shelton & Tom Bond

Reeds: Caitlin Jeffery

Trumpet: Phil Reckless & Tom Bond


Lighting Designer: Stephen Greatorex

Lighting Operator: Chris Grantham

Sound Engineer: Harry Greatorex

Set Design & Painting: Zoe Davey

Set Joinery/Construction: Simon & Maurice Davey

Set Structure: A Stage For All

Set, With Thanks: Alison Davey

Wardrobe Co-Ordinator: Kristian Cunningham

Props: Tracy Wrench

Social Media: Katie Lawson

Marketing & Programme: Kristian Cunningham

Photographer: Joe Chambers