Last Monday, Amanda and I saw In the Heights, both for our third time.  Tickets popped up on PlayByPlay and we would up in AMAZING seats (fourth row of the orchestra).  There were a few understudies on, and we were nervous to see Corbin Bleu as Usnavy since we both hadn’t seen anyone in the role since Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Mandy Gonzales was out and her understudy was very good – though I couldn’t decide if she looked more Puerto Rican or Russian.

Corbin Bleu, of High School Musical fame, was great as Usnavy.  I can’t speak for Amanda, but I wasn’t longing for Miranda to be onstage at any point.  It was refreshing to see that just because the show has had a few cast replacements and been on Broadway for a couple of years, it hasn’t lost anything.  It’s still as effective as it was the night it opened and it’s maintained a consistent high energy through out the show.

Believe it or not, that’s something that many shows can’t do.

(photo via drunkbrunch)

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