Over the course of the Tony award-winning musical, In the Heights, we encounter the many colourful residents of Washington Heights -- a New York City neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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.
We are incredibly excited to have assembled this team together, some return from Violet, some return from Songs for a New World, and some are completely new recruits...
A graduate of University of Western Sydney and ACTT, Luke has forged a successful career in both musical and legitimate theatre, as well as being highly sought-after as a director. He recently finished touring in The Play That Goes Wrong, prior to this he appeared in the new musical, Georgy Girl and the premiere production of the play Machu Picchu. Luke was part of the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables. Additional musical theatre credits include: The Threepenny Opera, Annie, Dr Zhivago , Avenue Q, Assassins, Dirty Dancing, Titanic: The Musical, Sunday in the Park with George, Karaoke: The Musical, Guys and Dolls. Luke won both a Green Room and Helpmann Award for his performance as Nicky/Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q. Directorial credits include Annie for Packemin Productions, Educating Rita for Seymour Centre, Thank You For Being a Friend Tour for Neil Gooding and Matt Henderson, Songs For a New World for Blue Saint Productions as well as being Stage Director for Giggle and Hoot National Live shows for the past 5 years for Live Nation and ABC. Luke’s next projects (as performer) will be Brigadoon for Production Company and Shrek for Packemin. Luke is delighted to be back with Blue Saint again to direct In The Heights.
Amy Campbell is one of Australia’s most accomplished dance talents with career spanning all areas of the entertainment industry. Her extensive list of credits as one of the country’s top choreographers include the Australian Premiere of the critically acclaimed Violet, for which she won the Broadway World Australia award for her work, ATYP’s sell out season of Spring Awakening, Side Show and Hispanic Attack for the Hayes Theatre (for which she was also the co-creator), the original Australian work Guilty Pleasures for Blue Saint Productions, Wicked for Packemin Productions, Dance Academy, The X Factor, ABC’s Giggle and Hoot and most recently Amy was assistant director on Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Porgy and Bess. Her clients include ABC, Commonwealth Bank, the Sci-Fi Channel and Deutsche Bank. She was assistant to award winning choreographer Kelley Abbey on Miracle City, Xanadu The Musical, Channel 10′s I Will Survive and Natalie Bassingthwaighte’s live performances and music video of All We Have.
Amy’s theatre credits include dance captain and role cover in the Australian tour of Dirty Dancing, Fame The Musical, Saturday Night Fever, the world premiere of King Kong Live on Stage and principal dancer in Opera Australia’s Carmen. She has appeared in commercials for Sony, Vodafone, Coca Cola, Video Ezy, Sci-Fi Channel, Kmart and was an ambassador for Lorna Jane’s Active Living Campaign. Her other television credits include Everybody Dance Now, placing in the Top 3 on So You Think You Can Dance Australia Season 2, as well as appearing on The X Factor, The Nickelodeon Awards, TV Week Logie Awards, Australia’s Next Top Model, Australia’s Got Talent and The Biggest Loser.
Amy has performed domestically and internationally, dancing alongside Kylie Minogue, Flo Rida, Redfoo, Tina Arena, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Sam Sparro and Sam and The Womp. She Amy continues to work with the majority of Australia’s current elite choreographers including Kelley Abbey, Jason Coleman, Matt Lee, The Squared Division, Jason Gilkison, John O’Connell, William A Forsythe and Marko Panzic.
Amy is currently on tour as Resident Choreographer for The Bodyguard The Musical.
Taking to the piano at a young age, Lucy developed quickly as a gifted pianist and vocalist. She recognised early that she had a passion for performing as a soloist and accompanist and this has defined her career ever since.
While studying at the Canberra School of Music, she worked extensively as a singer/pianist, and was working constantly as an accompanist. From 1996 to 2000 she was the resident pianist at Government House.
Her career as a musical director began in Canberra in 1998 with ‘The Hot Mikado’.
Prior to her move to Sydney to fill the role of Assistant Musical Director for Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Lucy had been MD for Sweet Charity, I love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Chess, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls and Singing in the Rain. Her list of credits as assistant MD and repetiteur is even longer.
She is sought after as a cabaret pianist and was seen most recently performing with Queenie Van de Zandt at the ‘Noosa Alive!’ Arts Festival and as an associate artist at the 2017 Sydney Fringe Festival.
Lucy’s years in the Australian Army Band Corps saw her perform with, and arrange for the likes of John Farnham, Guy Sebastien, Kylie Minogue, Doc Neeson, Marina Prior and David Harris.
She was the Musical Director for the Blue Saint Production’s Violet for which she won Best Musical Director at the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards and she won the same award in 2016 for her work on Spring Awakening for ATYP.
She is currently a tutor and accompanist at the Australian Institute of Music and The McDonald College of Performing Arts.
Ali studied Costume Design at Ultimo TAFE and had the pleasure of learning millinery under the guidance of Jean Carroll OAM and mentored by Rick McGill. After working steadily in film and television it was love at first curtain call – live theatre has become her passion.
Design credits include Capricornia (2003: Eora TAFE), The Promise (2010: Eora TAFE), Vintage Dilemma (2012: HK) and Through These Lines (2013: Turn Around Productions).
Ali is excited to be part of the creative team for In The Heights, and is looking forward to working in the fabulous Hayes Theatre.
Simon graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Production Design from NIDA in 2001 and has designed over 100 productions. Recent design credits include the set and costume design for Spring Awakening at ATYP and the set design for Violet at the Hayes Theatre, which was nominated for both a Sydney Theatre Award and a BroadwayWorld Sydney Theatre Award , Grey Gardens and Man of La Mancha for Squabbalogic at the Seymour Centre, the Australian Premiere of The Mousetrap at the Zenith Theatre for Bump In Productions and the set design for Rope and And Then There Were None, also for Bump In Productions. Simon has designed the set and costumes for Merrigong Theatre Company’s productions of Four Plays About Wollongong and Valley Song, Skate for ATYP, La Boheme for Opera South and Angel City for Tamarama Rock Surfers at the Old Fitzroy. Simon has designed over 20 productions for the Marion Street Theatre for Young People and the 3 plays for NSW State School Drama Company. Simon has also designed sets for many Sydney schools including Shore, Ravenswood, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Newington, Ascham, Sydney Grammar and Barker College. Simon has been a regular design judge for the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge and has tutored Production Design for the NIDA Open Programme. Simon was a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Award 1999 and the 1999 Australia Day Youth Awards for Arts.
Trudy Dalgleish is one of Australia’s most sought after Lighting Designers. She has won 5 prestigious awards: Helpmann, 2 Green Room, and an Entech, for best lighting designs and outstanding contribution to musical theatre. Recent and forthcoming productions include Lighting Designer for Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Ensemble Theatre), Georgy Girl (Georgy Girl Productions), Funny Girl (The Production Company), Melba (Hayes Theatre), The Cunning Little Vixen (Victorian Opera), and Candide (New Zealand Opera). As Associate Lighting Designer for The Sound of Music, The Bodyguard and The Wizard of Oz (Gordon Frost ) and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Michael Cassel).
Will Centurion studied acting at NIDA on Village Roadshow scholarship and trained in dance at Brent Street and DanceWorld 301. He is an accomplished music theatre performer with a career spanning 20 years.
His International and Australian theatre credits as a creative include Resident Choreographer (We Will Rock You, Zurich), Assistant Dance Captain (Disney's Aida, Germany), Dance Captain (The King and I, Australia). His credits as a performer include Double J (Saturday Night Fever, European tour), U/s Bernardo & Chino (West Side Story, Australia), Al DeLuca (A Chorus Line, Australia) Taji (King Kong Live on Stage, Australia), Banzai (The Lion King, Australia) and U/s Kassim & Sultan (Aladdin, Australia).
His South American background has also led to him being a proficient Argentine Tango and Salsa dancer and choreographer. Will is excited to be involved with In The Heights and return to his Latin heritage.