Auditions

IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – 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 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 is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. The first musical from 3-Time Tony Award Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” and star of Mary Poppins Returns! 

 

Auditions: March 24th and March 25th 

Callbacks: March 27th (Invite Only) 

Doors Open at 6:30pm 

Auditions Begin at 7:00pm 

 

PERFORMANCE DATES: 

Friday June 28th & Saturday June 29th @ 8pm 

Sunday June 30th @ 2pm 

Friday July 5th & Saturday July 6th @ 8pm 

Sunday July 7th @ 2pm 

Thursday July 11th @ 7:30pm 

Friday July 12th & Saturday July 13th @ 8pm 

 

Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (NO CONFLICTS DURING TECH WEEK June 23rd – June 27th). The Rehearsal schedule will be based on these conflicts. Rehearsals will begin on April 7th. 

 

 

AUDITION INFORMATION: 

 

WOMEN: 

Please be prepared with 16-32 bars of a song of your choice in the style of the show (Please do NOT sing a song from IN THE HEIGHTS). No rapping needed for your audition song. 

 

MEN: 

Please be prepared with 16-32 bars of a song of your choice in the style of the show (Please do NOT sing a song from IN THE HEIGHTS, no rapping needed for this song selection).  

 

If you are auditioning for the following roles: Usnavi, Benny or Sonny, please prepare the following (you only need to choose one) 

 

USNAVI: In the Heights – Measure 135 – 166 

BENNY: Benny’s Dispatch – Measure 5 – 21 

SONNY: 96,000 – Measure 70 – 83 

 

Sheet Music is provided down here

 

 

An accompanist will be provided. Please bring piano sheet music for our accompanist. If needed, you can also bring an audio file with NO background vocals on an iPod or phone A speaker will be provided. NO acapella auditions will be allowed. You may be asked to sing scales by our accompanist. 

 

You will also be having a dance audition, so please be prepared to dance and have a change of clothes. 

 

The following roles DO NOT have to take part in the dance auditions: 

KEVIN 

CAMILA 

ABUELA 

 

 

CASTING INFORMATION: 

The director is going to cast the show according to the following casting breakdown. 

 

USNAVI DE LA VEGA: (Early 20s, Latino) Owner of De La Vega Bodega.  the narrator of the play's exposition and a major character throughout; he is the owner of a small bodega in Washington Heights. He was named after one of the first sights his parents saw when they arrived in America: a US Navy ship. He dreams of returning to the Dominican Republic, the place he was born but too young to remember. Abuela Claudia, the neighborhood matriarch, "practically raised" him when his parents both died during his early childhood. He is in love with Vanessa. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Tenor-Bari, MUST RAP! 

 

NINA ROSARIO: (19, Latina) A freshman at Stanford University.  She is the first in her family (and from the Barrio) to go to college (Stanford University), and everyone in the barrio admires her as the "one who made it out." However, she returns home from school for the summer to reluctantly tell her parents that she has become overburdened and dropped out. She is the typical "good girl" and always got along with her parents. Now, though, she loses patience constantly over her father's overprotectiveness and his refusal to accept Benny. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Mezzo-Soprano 

 

KEVIN ROSARIO: (40s, Latino) Nina's overprotective father, who, coming from a long line of farmers, has worked hard to resist following in his own father's footsteps. He now owns his own taxi cab service: Rosario's. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Bari-Tenor 

 

CAMILA ROSARIO: (40s, Latina) Nina's strong-willed mother, who wants what is best for Nina. She is typically tolerant of Kevin's control issues, but in the course of the show, reveals her real feelings. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Alto 

 

BENNY: (Early 20s, any ethnicity except Latino) An employee of Rosario's. He works at the dispatch of Nina's father, Kevin. Perhaps the only character in the play who does not speak Spanish and is not Hispanic, he falls in love with Nina. He dreams of opening his own business. VOCAL RANGE: TENOR 

 

VANESSA: (Early 20s, any ethnicity) Usnavi's love interest who works at Daniela's salon. She is stunningly beautiful and catches the eye of every guy in the Heights, however she takes interest in Usnavi. She lives with an alcoholic mother and dreams of getting out of the Barrio and getting an apartment downtown, but cannot yet afford it. VOCAL RANGE: Mezzo-Soprano 

 

SONNY: (16, Latino) Usnavi's sassy, superficially lazy, yet ambitious younger cousin who works with Usnavi in the bodega. He is typically the jokester of the Barrio, but he also has an intelligent and thoughtful side that yearns for social justice. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Tenor 

 

ABUELA CLAUDIA: (Mid-late 60s, Latina) Raised Usnavi, though not his blood grandmother.  The loving matriarch of the barrio who knows everybody and is like a grandmother to all ("abuela" means "grandmother" in Spanish). She is the one who looked after Usnavi when his parents died. She and her mother moved from Cuba to New York in 1943 while she was a child. She worked as a maid for several years but never earned the money for her and her mother to travel home. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Alto 

 

DANIELA: (30s, Latina) The outrageously dramatic owner of the salon where the neighborhood girls come to gossip. She is very bold and loud and loves to banter. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Alto 

 

CARLA: (20s, Latina) Works at Daniela's salon along with Vanessa, and is Daniela's close friend; young and pretty, but a little slow to get the others' jokes and innuendos, she is of Chilean, Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican descent. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Alto 

 

GRAFFITI PETE: (Late-Teens, Latino) A graffiti artist and friend of Sonny. Usnavi believes he is a trouble-making vandal, until Pete reveals his amazing skills as an artist. STRONG DANCER!!! 

 

PIRAGUA GUY: (30s, Latino) The owner of a small piragua stand that competes with Mister Softee. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Tenor 

 

ENSEMBLE: 5 Men & 5 Women. All ethnicities. Strong Singers and Strong Dancers!