" IN THE HEIGHTS: I can’t remember the last time I was in a theater as energetic as Kelsey Theatre was on opening night for Pennington Players’ production of “In the Heights.” And that energy wasn’t just on stage, it extended into the audience... This show has a large cast, and there isn’t a bad performance here. But two people really stand out — Ms. Cusumano as Vanessa, and Ms. Keelen as Nina. Both of these women have presence, acting chops and voices that soar. Ms. Cusumano is amazing during “It Won’t Be Long,” and Ms. Keelen is just stunning during Act 2’s “Everything I Know.” Mr. Berry is terrific as Usnavi. He is funny and charming, and there were times where his voice sounded remarkably like Mr. Miranda’s without imitating him. Another standout is Lorraine C. Perri, who is clearly relishing her role as the scene-stealing Daniela. Ms Francis is sure to touch your heart as Abuela. Kyrus Keenan Westcott’s direction is perfect — he has assembled a brilliant cast who not only sing, they capture the truth in these characters. Bryan Schendlinger’s set is terrific, a convincing city scene, and Rachel Tovar’s choreography deserves high praise. "
The Pennington Players currently perform at Kelsey
Theatre. We typically produce two productions each
season, usually one musical and one play.
This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County
Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer
County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State
Council on the Arts, Department of State, a Partner Agency of the
National Endowment of the Arts.