New heights at Eastwood Park

Jennifer Hardie as 'Vanessa', Blair Cruikshank as 'Usnavi', Kris Morrison as 'Sonny'
Jennifer Hardie as 'Vanessa', Blair Cruikshank as 'Usnavi', Kris Morrison as 'Sonny'

Talented folks at Glasgow Music Theatre are back in the Eastwood Park Theatre spotlight this week — and reaching for ever higher heights.

The am dram group’s now annual Eastwood show follows successful productions like Fame, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and West Side Story — and this time it’s lights up on Washington Heights.

Life is a struggle on the streets, where Latin rhythms and hip hop moves distract from the rising temperatures — and rising rent too.

Usnavi runs a corner store and dreams of returning home to the Caribbean — or at least asking the lovely Vanessa out on a date.

Meanwhile, Kevin and Camila are struggling to pay for daughter Nina’s education, and Benny sets out to prove he’s not a troublemaker anymore.

But all of that could change when a winning lottery ticket opens new doors for the whole community...

GMT describe In the Heights as Step Up meets West Side Story, blending hip hop, rap, salsa and pop ballads — and collecting a few prizes along the way, including a Tony Award and a Grammy for the original Broadway cast.

A GMT representative commented that the group is “thrilled to be able to bring the Glasgow premiere of this firecracker show to a Scottish audience ahead of any west end transfer for UK tour”.

You heard it here first, then — and you’ll see it at Eastwood Park first too, with In the Heights running January 26-30 (Tuesday - Saturday).

Tickets are £10-£15, available from 577 4956 or www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice.

Does your group have a big show coming up? Email gillian.loney@jpress.co.uk and it could be included in next week’s Extra.