EVERYTHING I KNOW
IN THE HEIGHTS
Composer: Music and Lyrics Lin-Manuel Miranda
Production/Performer History: Broadway 2008 (Mandy Gonzalez)
Context: Nina mourns the loss of her Grandmother as she contemplates her return to college. As she goes through Abuela’s box of memories, she realises how proud her Grandmother was of her and regains her courage.
Choice: There’s no doubting the phenomenon that is Hamilton. But before that, LMM wrote a much more personal show about this Washington Heights street corner and the (mostly Latinx) characters that live there. Mandy Gonzalez (the original Nina) has since gone on to play Elphaba in Wicked and Angelica in Hamilton. So anyone who is a fan of those shows should enjoy this one. Good, belty and diverse.