This year's selection was the 2008 multiple Tony Award winning musical: In The Heights performed by Broadway Across America. (Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.)
According to the official website:
"In The Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights - a place were the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind."
The Latin & Hip Hop infused music was delightful. And while Carnaval Del Barrio was just as festive as the title implies. My favorite song of the night was Alabanza. I have to say it was the first time I heard praises sang to the Lord from a Broadway stage.
From the lyrics: "Alabanza means to raise this thing to God's face and to sing . Quite literally "praise to this"
And so, I raise the memories of the night to God's face and sing praises for a wonderful time with my girls. Good food, good company and a wonderful performance. It doesn't get much better than that.