"Powerful theatre flawlessly directed by Nick DeGruccio" - Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle

“In the Heights” is pure joy to watch. In fact, the show’s warmth flows in every direction , radiating with love of family, love of one’s culture, love of the energy of New York City and most of all, a love of home.

The nine-piece band captures the Latin flavor of the score with precision and passion. The uniformly strong cast is radiant — just watch the ensemble pull off Kim Ball’s urban and Caribbean-inspired choreography. An...

September 27, 2018

Despite the cool air inside Orlando Shakes, the heat of Washington Heights poured throughout the sold-out theatre on opening night of "In the Heights". The season opener for the newly rebranded theatre's 30th anniversary, packed an abundance of soaring melodies, energetic dance numbers and sweeping emotion into the two hour production.

Orlando Shakes' take on the renowned, Tony-award winning Broadway production was beautifully...


Two Tony-winning hits from the last decade are currently enjoying exceptional local revivals, demonstrating once again that Orlando's theaters can be just as great as any on the Great White Way.

When I first saw In the Heights back in 2010, I wrote that the Broadway tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda's breakout hit left me emotionally frio, with its stilted direction and predictable plot. Similarly, I was a...

September 27, 2018

Director Nick DeGruccio is wise to how audiences will interpret the show today, and presents a masterclass that could be called How to Make a Classic Production More Accessible to Modern Audiences. His progressive cast is among the most delightfully diverse group of players I've ever seen on stage in Houston. His intentional choices, such as replacing the typically male role of commanding boss Big Jule with Sofiya Cheyenne as...

September 27, 2018

Out Director Puts Some Latin Twists on a Classic at TUTS

Nick DeGruccio

Nick DeGruccio previews ‘Guys and Dolls.’ 

By Don Maines

The Hot Box nightclub is muy caliente in the latest Theatre Under The Stars production of Guys and Dolls.

That’s because the show is Latin-inspired, says director Nick DeGruccio, who previously ignited Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakthrough musical In the Heights with a hip-hop/salsa beat in the 20...

September 25, 2017

ORLANDO – David Gaines cuts a truly commanding presence as Cervantes, the tax collector, playwright and dreamer in the legendary Broadway show “Man of La Mancha,” now being performed at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, that he’s thrilling ever moment he’s on stage.

Gaines has a marvelously towering voice from the very start, when he performs the show’s classic opening title song, “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote).” For the nex...

McCoy Rigby Entertainment and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts have reimagined this gem of a musical in a wonderfully creative way and the result is truly something special. If you are one of the few who has not seen the show before, or if you've only seen it produced on a small scale, this is memorable work you don't want to miss.

What this revival of THE LAST FIVE YEARS does, so beautifully, is breathe. That contrast...

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