UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications

In the Heights Comes to UT Tyler Cowan Center

November 15, 2011

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
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In The Heights banner from Cowan Center

Winner of four 2008 Tony Awards® and the 2008 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, In the Heights will be the second performance of the Broadway Series, Susan Thomae-Morphew, executive director of The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, announced.

Sponsored by Texas Bank and Trust, the performance will take stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. AT&T is the communication sponsor and media sponsors are East Texas Radio Group, KLTV and Lamar Advertising.

Tickets are $67, $62, $57, $52, $37 and can be purchased online at www.cowancenter.org, by phone at 903.566.7424 or at the box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the concert.

In the Heights is full of emotion, comedy, incredible dancing and wonderful music. It’s an uplifting new show about a community of hard-working immigrants from the Caribbean seeking a better life and striving to make their home in this new country. The contemporary script incorporates a melding of music and culture,” said Thomae-Morphew.

Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda during his sophomore year at Wesleyan University, the original musical centers around New York’s Washington Heights, a tight-knit community 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 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.

In the Heights quickly became an audience phenomenon and a critical success during its Off-Broadway run. It opened on Broadway in March 2008 to rave reviews and won Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

“It is one of my favorite new musicals. I saw it two years in a row and can’t wait to see it again. If you aren’t sure, this is one of those times that I ask you to trust me. Come see it, and you’ll leave loving it, too,” said Thomae-Morphew. “It’s a warm, family and community experience through a lively culture and story.”

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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 Last Published 11/15/11