Laying Down The Beat, Washington Heights is Full Of Heat!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Waking up at 5:30 in the morning was not a fun thing to do on a Saturday. I could already feel the thick humidity in my room, and I knew it was going to be a long day. Heading on the bus, all I was thinking about was SLEEP! Finally, in a couple of hours we got to "The Apple". It was time to go on a scavenger Broadway hunt through the Broadway District. Joey, Annie and I were unstoppable. When I say we were "truckin" it, we were. Throughout our journey in the city, we had the opportunity to meet new people and see different and historical things that you usually wouldn't think about learning about. This background information on the Broadway District allowed myself to respect "The Great White Way" a lot more. Feeling the sweat dripping from my face and down my back was all worth it. When Joey, Annie and I were finished looking for every possible answer, we headed to the Film Center Cafe`. Boy, was that a treat. I have never been so hungry in my life. That veggie burger was gone in the matter of thirty seconds.
Finally, it was time to see the production of In The Heights! As the class headed to matinee performance, you could see this was going to be a packed show. Since Joey, Annie and I came second in the scavenger hunt, we were awarded front row our section. It was a treat. I sat down next to Annie and in a few moments, the best play I have seen in a while put on an amazing production. With it's hip-hop and latino style, In The Heights was unstoppable. Lin-Manuel Miranda made his first production a huge success. The coreography was so precise and the singing was phenomenal. In The Heights allowed the audience to see that broken down, lower class neighborhoods are not always filled with drugs and crime. Washington Heights pertrayed so much love. In The Heights became a success!
After waking up at 5:30AM and coming home around 9PM, all the things my group and I had to encounter was totally worth it. I made some great friends. This trip was amazing, and I hope the ones to come are just as great.

-Jen Buck