How ‘In the Heights’ pulled off its most moving, ambitious musical number of all

Ashley Lee

June 11, 2021

It took endless amounts of patience and faith to pull off “Paciencia y Fe,” the most ambitious, expensive and deeply moving musical moment of “In the Heights.” With Olga Merediz reprising her Tony-nominated performance, Abuela Claudia tells the story of her life: her warm childhood in Cuba, her harsh arrival in America and her unmatched joy at cultivating a close-knit community in Washington Heights.

It took endless amounts of patience and faith to pull off “Paciencia y Fe,” the most ambitious, expensive and deeply moving musical moment of “In the Heights.” With Olga Merediz reprising her Tony-nominated performance, Abuela Claudia tells the story of her life: her warm childhood in Cuba, her harsh arrival in America and her unmatched joy at cultivating a close-knit community in Washington Heights.