It really said US Navy…

23 Jan

…but hey.  I work with what they gave me, okay!

I really don’t like days like these…

It makes me want to curl up and go back to sleep.  Which is really difficult when you are supposed to be teaching elementary students.

Why not talk about a lively fun musical to brighten things up!?

In The Heights is a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  It’s set in the Washington Heights neighborhood and follows the stories of Usnavi (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Vanessa (Karen Olivo),Nina (Mandy Gonzalez)  and Abuela Claudia (Olga Merediz). 

Usnavi (get it US Navy-Usnavi??)is desperately in love with Vanessa and spends the entire show trying and succeeding to make it so.  Nina was the, “one who got out” and went to Stanford.  Turns out that Stanford is harder than she thought and she returns to  Washington Heights head down, only to fall in love with Benny who works for her father’s cab company.  Abuela Claudia has been a fixture of Washington Heights since anyone can remember and just wants to have a good life.  When she wins the lotto things change for everyone!  I don’t want to give everything away in case, you want to see it…but that’s about it in a nutshell.

Lin-Manuel wrote the musical and it is partially based on some of his real life experiences.  Lin is an amazing lyricist.  The rhymes he pulls off are humorous and heartfelt.

Songs

96,000.  This is pretty much the bloodline for the entire musical.  Everyone just wants to win so they can get out and have a better life than the one they have now.

When You’re Home

A nice little love song between Nina and Benny.

No Me Diga

A little insight as to what hair stylists really talk about.  I have no doubt this is really what goes on…

Alabanza

Song about Abuela’s death.  It reminds me of my Grandma Marie.  It’s a soothing song and almost meditative…

Okay, so there ya go!  If In The Heights is touring near you, I would definitely go see it.  It’s up tempo and happy.  I think this PBS Great Performances clip says it best…

And just for giggles, this Lego Blackout video is pretty great!  Like it just made this gray day so much better.  Hi.lar.i.us.

Hey facebook friends.  I’m so glad you like to read my blog and like the things I’m writing about.  It’d be extra super awesome if you could comment and like it here on WordPress.  It helps get my blog name out there! 

Thanks!  You all are great!

Love,

Me 🙂

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