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‘In the Heights’ in Caguas canceled due to virus surge

“In the Heights,” created by actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, appeared at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in September 2021 with nine performances attended by some 28,000 people.

By John McPhaul

The staging of “In the Heights” in Caguas was officially canceled Monday following executive orders issued recently by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia in response to the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases on the island.

The entertainment industry is once again being impacted by the new changes. The musical was scheduled to go on stage at the Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23.

Producer Ender Vega stated that “we have exhausted all efforts looking for options to continue, but unfortunately we find ourselves with our hands tied.”

“With these new restrictions and measures it is impossible for us to move forward,” he said. “It is a pity that we have not been able to close the cycle of presentations of this incredible piece composed by a talented cast and offer them the experience in the theater space, where the piece was born and originally would be presented.”

The new regulations establish the cancellation, and the holding of any mass activity that brings together more than 250 people (OE -2021-086) is prohibited. Prior to this, it was established to reduce the venue capacity to 50 percent (OE-2021-085), plus any person who attended an event would have to present a negative coronavirus test taken in the past 48 hours, in addition to evidence of complete vaccination (OE-2021-080).

Likewise, the producer emphasized that “although we see how the entertainment industry continues to be affected, at BAS Entertainment we are committed and continue working to offer good entertainment of the highest quality during this 2022.”

Ticketera will soon be sending emails to people who have purchased tickets confirming the return of their money.

“In the Heights,” the acclaimed piece created by actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, managed to appear at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in September 2021 with nine successful performances, which were enjoyed by some 28,000 people, making history by being the first musical work to be presented in the venue after several changes of dates as a result of the pandemic.

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