Peek behind the curtain with the Westport Country Playhouse’s new series

Westport Country Playhouse’s 2019 production of “In the Heights.”

Westport Country Playhouse’s 2019 production of “In the Heights.”

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The Westport Country Playhouse will launch their new virtual documentary series, “From Concept to Curtain,” on Feb. 4

The documentary series features 30-minute films offering a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of putting together a production at the Westport Country Playhouse.

The premiere episode will be “In the Heights: Beyond el Barrio,” which will be available for viewing on Feb. 4 at noon, on the Playhouse’s website and Youtube channel.

Marcos Santana, director and choreographer of the Playhouse’s 2019 production of “In the Heights” will host the documentary. Santana performed on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning show, with music and lyrics by “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

“In the Heights: Beyond el Barrio” will explore mounting the Playhouse production through interviews with members of the creative team: set designer Adam Koch, costume designer Fabian Fidel Aguilar, lighting designer María-Cristina Fusté and music director Daniel Green. They will discuss their inspirations, the challenges they faced, what they would have done differently, and their favorite moment from the show, among other inside scoops. The video includes short clips from the Playhouse production.

Santana, who wrote and directed the video “In the Heights: Beyond el Barrio,” in addition to hosting, was born and raised in Puerto Rico. According to Santana, he will never forget the first time he was introduced to the show. “In 2006, I was booked in a workshop of ‘In the Heights,’ a brand-new, Broadway-bound, Latinx show. When I heard the Latin rhythms and ‘lights up on Washington Heights,’ for the first time in a very long time in my career, I felt like I was home.”

Santana also choreographed Westport Country Playhouse’s “Man of La Mancha” production in 2018. His Broadway credits include Tony Award nominations as associate choreographer for “On Your Feet!” and “Rocky.”

The video is dedicated in loving memory of Doreen Montalvo (1963-2020), who played Camila in the Playhouse production of “In the Heights.” More videos in the “From Concept to Curtain” series on the Playhouse’s website and YouTube channel will be announced soon. All videos in this series are free to view.

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