Follow your dreams. Find out where you truly belong. Keep your head just above the bullshit to survive the daily struggle -- the ideas at play in the Tony-winning musical In the Heights are ones that, no matter where they're relayed, strike immediate universality. What are not as universal, though (and completely unique to the area of Washington Heights that the musical is named for), are the characters delivering those said life lessons.
There's Usnavi de la Vega, who owns a small Washington Heights bodega but dreams of returning to the Dominican Republic and opening a bar. There's Kevin and Camila, who struggle to keep their taxi company open, and their daughter Nina, who fears losing her scholarship to Stanford because she has to work two jobs and doesn't have time to study. All feel completely stuck in the neighborhood but bound to its tight-knit community in the same instance. With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda based on a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, In the Heights features award-winning dancing and a story line that is meant for all ages and backgrounds.
Showtime is 7 p.m. at Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $10. Call 954-522-5334, or visit browardcenter.org.
Thu., July 31, 7 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., 2014