2008 Winner of 4 Tony Awards on Broadway!
  • Best Musical
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Orchestrations
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About the Cast

CHRISTINA ARANDA

Abuela Claudia

most recently performed the role of Abuela Claudia in the national tour of In the Heights. She also toured the country in The Kennedy Center’s production of Barrio Grrrl!, written by Quiara Hudes (bookwriter, In the Heights). Favorite regional performances include Man of La Mancha (Housekeeper), Songs for a New World (Woman 2), Urinetown (Little Sally), Once Upon a Mattress (Lady Larkin), and Damn Yankees (Meg Boyd). Thank you, About Artists Agency. Much love to Mom, Dad, Laura, and Shawn. Everyday, paciencia y fe. www.ChristinaAranda.com Ms. Aranda is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

DEVON BUCHANAN

Ensemble

is very excited to continue his journey with In The Heights at Westchester Broadway Theater. He has been in productions such as The Wiz at Arkansas Repertory Theater and Hairspray at MAC. He would love to thank his family and friends for all their support and love in quote, "Thank you all for believing in me!" Enjoy the show!

LAUREN GUERRA

Ensemble

is a Texas native who started her dance training as a student at Top Hat Dance Centre. While in Texas she performed in industrial shows and theatre performances throughout the DFW metroplex, as well as attending numerous master classes and workshops from top instructors across the nation. She continued her training at The Ailey School as a part of their Independent Study program. Lauren is thrilled to be a part of this production of 'In The Heights’, and is eternally grateful for the love and support of her amazing family and friends!

ALANNAH HALLIDAY

Performing Swing

This is Alannah’s first production with the Family Theater Company and couldn't be more thrilled. Born and raised in Washington Heights she is excited to share the vitality of her neighborhood with the public on stage. Recently graduated from Johnson State College with a BA in Musical Theater. Past credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania), The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Peretti), Trojan Women (Helen) and Spring Awakening (Ilse/Wendla). Alannah would like to thank the Family Theater Company and her friends and family for their unconditional love and support.

GREG LAUCELLA

Sonny

could not be more excited to be performing his dream role of Sonny! Credits include- Off-Broadway/National Tours: Incredibly Deaf Musical (Young Jay), Virtually Me! (Zeke). Regional: In The Heights (Cohoes Musical Hall), Altar Boyz (TriArts Sharon Playhouse), Miss Saigon (Walnut Street Theater), Spelling Bee (Philadelphia Theater Company). BFA Musical Theater, University of the Arts. Lots of love and thank you’s to this entire team for this opportunity, this brilliant cast for their talent and generosity, and my parents and sister for their unending support and love.

FATYE

Benny

is passionate about this extraordinary show and the role of Benny. Other WBT performances include Big River, Hairspray, Music Man, Peter Pan, The Who’s Tommy, Cab Calloway Awards and Seussical, the Musical. Among his favorite performances are Tribute to Motown at Carnegie Hall, Assassins, Oliver, The Secret Garden, Lucky Stiff, The Boyfriend, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film credits include Making Healthy Choices: Fighting Teen Obesity. Print: “Dancers Among Us.” Studied at NYU CAP21 and AMDA. FaTye is honored to work with the In the Heights team and WBT team. Heartfelt thanks to John and Nana Fanelli, George Puello, Mennie and Shel, Momma Louise and Shelton Becton for helping to make this dream come true!

NICOLE PALOMA SARRO

Camila

is thrilled to be making her WBT debut in a show close to her heart! She toured North America with In the Heights from 2011-2012 as a swing and understudy for Daniela, Abuela & Camila. Favorite Regional: Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Guys & Dolls, Side Show and The Pirates of Penzance. Love to my new husband JP! www.NicolePalomaSarro.com

GABRIELLA SORRENTINO

Ensemble

is a graduate with a BFA in Dance from Point Park University. Recent credits: Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera 2012 Summer Season: A Chorus Line, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, and Sunset Boulevard. Gabriella also attended Professional Performing Arts School/Alvin Ailey where she trained and was a scholarship student. Proud member of Actors Equity Association. Thank You Mom, Dad, WBT, and my agency McDonald Selznick Associates -Carly Friedlander. I'm so happy to be part of this production!

Ariana Valdes

Daniela

is ecstatic to be making her WBT debut! National Tour: My Fair Lady. Regional credits: My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol, Seussical (Sour Kangaroo) - John W. Engeman Theater, Seussical (Sour Kangaroo)- La Comedia Dinner Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal) - Theatre Three, The Secret Garden - White Plains PAC, Showboat - Gateway Playhouse, and the controversial New England premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera (Baby Jane/Peaches) at SpeakEasy Stage Company. Ariana is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with an Opera Emphasis. Gracias to the entire Heights familia; Besos para Dan, Mom, Sandy y Desi; Para siempre mi papi Enrique! www.ArianaValdes.com

PERRY YOUNG

Usnavi

is absolutely thrilled to reprise his dream role at WBT after finishing the National Tour for In the Heights this past summer. In addition to performing in Heights all over the United States and Canada, Perry has had the privilege of working in New York City, Los Angeles, and Paris, France. A California native, he sends his love across the country to his parents, brother, and abuelitas for their endless support. No Pare, Sigue Sigue!

MICHAEL FIELDER

Ensemble

is honored to be joining this production and the WBT family. Credits: Broadway and the 1st National Tour of the 2008 Tony award winning musical “IN THE HEIGHTS”. Off Broadway “Mambo Kings” the musical, Paper Mill Playhouse’s “Carnival”, Metropolitan Opera in “Samson et Delilah” and the Public Theatre’s “Skin of our Teeth”. Regional credits include: Swing, All Shook Up, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Film: Walt Disney’s “Enchanted” with Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey and “El Cantante” with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. Choreography credits include: SYTYCD L.A. and Canada, Disney Cruise Lines “The Golden Mickey’s”, JeanAnn Ryann cruise ship productions, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Joffery Ballet School and a few other well known studios in the NYC area … much love to my family…Proud member of AEA Website: www.michaelfielder.com

GREER GIRY

Ensemble

A Knoxville, Tennessee native, Greer originated roles in And the Curtain Rises (Signature Theater) and One Ride (QTIP). Other credits: In the Heights National Tour, Step Up 3D, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” New York Fashion Week’s Madame September, Madonna’s Material Girls launch, The Knocks, and pop duo L2. She is ecstatic to join this ITH familia! Amor y besos a Mom, Dad, & Reagan.

SARITA COLON

Ensemble

is thrilled to make her WBT debut! Sarita has performed as a dancer for La Rondine Opera (Detroit Opera House), Carnival Cruise Lines , Sesame Street Live and as an aerialist for Disney Tokyo. She proudly holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from Wayne State University.

TIMOTHY WILSON

Ensemble

is thrilled to be joining the cast! Tim is from Rancho Cucamonga California and a Scholarship Graduate at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Past Shows Include Legally Blonde, Hello Dolly (Fireside Theater), Tokyo Disney Resort, The Wedding Singer (Musical Theater West), 53rd Grammys, Hairspray Hollywood Bowl (Jerry Mitchell), Dr. Oz Live Show and Glee! Thanks to God, Family, Friends, Mentors, and Grandmother for endless love and support!!

BENJAMIN PEREZ

Kevin Rosario

IN THE HEIGHTS, 2nd National Tour.Reprised this role for Cohoes Music Hall (N.Y.) & TNH Company, (L.A.)where he was also Creative Consultant. Regional; Magaldi in EVITA,Vittorio Vidal in SWEET CHARITY & Rooster in ANNIE. Lead Singer forPrincess Cruises. Grateful to Lin-Manuel Miranda for creating thislife-changing masterpiece! Special Thanks to Renée, Christina andDanny. In memory of Moisés, my dear Papa, y mi Abuela Guillerma.Follow me on FB, (Kevin “In The Heights” Rosario)!

RYAN ALVARADO

Ensemble

is thrilled to be a part of this production of In the Heights. Recent credits include: In the Heights (Ensemble), Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry), A Christmas Carol (Fred), and West Side Story (Bernardo). Being a part of this show has been a tremendous honor and is blessed to have met so many wonderfully talented people along the way. No pare, sigue, sigue!

ARIELLE JACOBS

Nina

is thrilled to be debuting at WBT while also returning home to this familia. BROADWAY: In The Heights (Nina Rosario, with Lin-Manuel Miranda.) OFF-BWAY: Farhad or the Secret of Being (Farhad). ORIGINAL NATIONAL TOURS: In the Heights (Nina); High School Musical (Gabriella). BROADWAY WORKSHOPS: Nightingale, It Shoulda Been You, MASK, GoGo Beach. REGIONAL: Two Gentlemen of Verona: a Rock Opera (Julia, at Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Rose of Corazon (Rosa). She has done hundreds of concerts, performing beside legendary greats such as Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, and Stephen Schwartz. She also founded The Girls Camaraderie Project, an organization that inspires camaraderie and community, instead of competition, among middle-school girls. UPCOMING: Arielle will be starring in the new Broadway-bound musical, The Boy From New York City (by the creators of the Tony-winning ‘Million Dollar Quartet’).

ANTUAN RAIMONE

Non performing Swing; Dance Captain

Known as Magic to his In The Heights family, Antuan has been a member of the Off-Broadway, Broadway and 1st National Tours of In The Heights. He was also the assistant choreographer for the 2nd National Tour and is happy to be reunited with the many cast members he's worked with over the years. Favorite regional credits include; Guys and Dolls, Aida, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Sweet Charity, Dreamgirls, and Smokey Joe's Cafe- Ken Ard. Added thanks to CESD. www.antuanmagicraimone.com

GIZEL JIMENEZ

Vanessa

is honored to be a part of this production of In the Heights. A dream come true! Credits Include: First National Tour: West Side Story (Rosalia). Film/TV: Timmy Two Chins (Lead/Jenifer). Law & Order SVU (Guest star/Angelica). Commercials: Comedy Central & Funny Or Die Productions. BFA: New World School of the Arts, Miami FL. Special Thanks: to my family, friends, Johnny, Titi, and my Hero, Dad

VOLTAIRE WADE-GREENE

Graffiti Pete

began his dance training 11 with Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California. He received a full scholarship to the Rock School’s RAPA program where he graduated in 2004. He received additional training at the Orange School of Performing Arts, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and University of The Arts. Voltaire was a Principal dancer in Contrast Dance Theatre under the direction of Christopher Fleming (former New York City Ballet Principal). Mr. Greene appeared in two US tours with Circus Nexus (“Rites and Rituals” and “Sugar Plum Dreams”) and recently completed the 2012 season with Charlottesville Ballet. Other credits include “Smash”.

JOEY SANZARO

Piragua

is honored to return to the Westchester Broadway Theatre stage in this stunning production. He has studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory. Previous credits include Jean Valjean (Les Miserables), The Duke (Big River), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), Fredrik (A Little Night Music), The Beast (Disney's Beauty and the Beast), Fagin (Oliver!), and Horton (Seussical the Musical). Joey would like to thank John Fanelli for giving him this incredible opportunity. He'd also like to thank Shelton Becton, Shelly and Mennie Mallah, and the entire cast and crew of In the Heights for sharing their talent and passion

NINA NEGRON

Ensemble

is thrilled to make her professional debut at the Westchester Broadway Theatre! Nina is currently a Junior at Marymount Manhattan College concentrating her studies on Theatre Performance in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Nina is now featured in the February issue of SEVENTEEN Magazine’s fitness section. She is actively pursuing a singing career and has had the opportunity to work with Artists CASH CASH & Jo Blaq under L2 Productions Management. Her music is featured on her Facebook Bandpage under “Nina V”. Nina sends hugs and kisses to her family for all of the endless love & support!


MORGAN MARCELL

Choreographer

In The Heights at WBT marks Morgan’s third time working with the original Broadway choreography. She was Dance Supervisor/Associate Choreographer of the 2nd National Tour after closing the First National Broadway Tour as Dance Captain. She currently works on both coasts as an actress and dancer, and serves as a proud member of the Antaeus Academy in Los Angeles. Morgan attended Boston University as a Dean’s Scholar before moving to Los Angeles. Some of her favorite work includes the regional premiere of All Shook Up at Musical Theater West and her portrayal of Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other credits include: Jin Akanishi Tour; Associate Choreographer, Starlight Theater 2011, IL; Assoc. Choreographer, Volleygirls Workshop NY; Ursula in Bye Bye Birdie; Emergence, Milwaukee Ballet. TV/Film experience: Disney Channel; CBS Pilot, Life as a Song, with acclaimed choreographer, Jamal Sims; and a body of student/independents films. morganmarcell.com

MARIA CASTALDO

Costume Designer

is happy to be back at WBT after designing Music Man this past summer. Having spent a majority of years as a performer/dancer she transitioned to costume design. She is very excited to be a part of the development of two high schools that are creating theatrical programs for their students. While finishing her graduate studies at the CNR, Maria also designs for groups throughout Westchester, Rockland and the New York City area. Some of her favorite credits include Metamorphoses, Into the Woods, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and Cyrano. She thanks family and friends for their unconditional support!

JOHN FANELLI

Artistic Director

Holds a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Fanelli has had more than seventeen successful years directing, teaching and creating programs for young people in theatre arts. John helped to establish a network of theater programs for young people that spanned the coast of California and reached to Auckland, New Zealand. He returned to NY in 2004 and developed Westchester Broadway Theater’s Young Artists of the WBT. He expanded his reach and scope of programming by taking over as Artistic Director for the Times Square Group based in NYC, where he developed and implemented educational theatre programs for the public schools of NYC. In 2006 Mr. Fanelli founded his own non-profit educational theatre company called The Lighthouse Youth Theatre. LYT is an amalgamation of John’s professional and educational talents that blend into one organization dedicated to training young people in the arts and giving them the tools necessary to succeed not only in the arts, but in life. John would like to thank his wife, Nannette and their three children for all their love, always! And a very special thanks to Mennie and Shel for all their dedication and support to Standing Ovation Studios.

ANDREW GMOSER

Lighting Design

Over the years Andrew has created the sets and/or lighting for a multitude of productions throughout Westchester and beyond, and is a proud recipient of the Cab Calloway Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts in Westchester. Andrew loves his job designing lighting for all levels of theatre, from high school programs through professional Broadway-caliber productions. For over thirty years he was set and lighting designer (and from time to time, director) for Asbury Summer Theatre, and is preparing for his 20th season with the MacHaydn Theatre in upstate New York. Most notably, since 1990 he has designed the lighting and visual effects for all mainstage productions at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Through his company, Silent G Productions, Andrew provides theatrical lighting design, equipment, and consultation for live theatre, dance, and concerts. Andrew’s best and most important production is with his lovely wife, Catherine: their thirteen year old twins, Thomas and Elizabeth!

VICTOR LUKAS

Production Stage Manager/Properties

is happy to be home after spending many years touring the country and having played in every state. Broadway and Equity National Tours include: Bring Back Birdie, Oh Brother, Joe’s...Coat, Cats, Teddy And Alice, One Night Stand, Woman Of The Year w/ Lauren Bacall, the Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical Movin’ Out, Cy Coleman’s Welcome To The Club and Barnum, Star of Indiana’s Blast!, Blood Brothers with Petula Clark, Carole King and Shaun & David Cassidy, and Disney’s Aida. For the WBT he has stage managed many shows including the acclaimed Aida and Little Shop of Horrors, both directed by Patricia Wilcox; Richard Stafford’s Gypsy with Karen Mason; and Jonathan Stahl’s Nine. Off-Broadway shows include Annie Warbucks, Travels With My Aunt, Tuesday’s With Morrie, and Joan Of Arc with Glenn Close. Favorite gig – Touring with Petula Clark on her 2008 concert tour of England and Wales. Victor also runs “Grumpy’s Props,” a prop rental shop in Westchester, NY. www.grumpysprops.com

STEVEN LOFTUS

SET DESIGNER

Has been affiliated with John Fanelli and Family Theater company for manyyears.He has Designed recent productions of Seussical, Big River and Music man. Steve Has Also been working with WBT since Cats in 2002. Having Designed and Constructed over 50 productions on this stage. Some favorites include Aida, The Hot Mikado, Little Shop, Gypsy and Phantom. Steve is the proud owner of Scene works inc. A full service scenic shop providing design and fabrication for all your theatrical needs.