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Actors' Playhouse celebrates 25 years with 'In the Heights'

9561010091Between its first home in a Kendall strip mall movie house and its current one at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, Actors' Playhouse has chalked up 24 seasons of producing award-winning plays and musicals, the newest being its production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which runs through April 8. 

The 2012-2013 season will be the company's 25th, and for that milestone, executive producing director Barbara Stein and artistic director David Arisco have chosen four of their six shows.  The big one for the silver anniversary season?  Lin Manuel-Miranda's Tony Award-winning Broadway smash In the Heights.

The season will kick off Oct. 10-Nov. 4 with another musical, Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak's Godspell.  Based on the gospel according to Matthew, a revival of the 1976 show is currently running at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre. Next comes Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, an intimate musical told from the perspective of a husband and wife whose marriage is coming apart.  That one runs Dec. 5-30.

The Fox on the Fairway, another farce by Lend Me a Tenor playwright Ken Ludwig, follows Jan. 16-Feb. 10. It's a golf-themed play set at a country club.  And then, March 8-April 7, comes the first South Florida regional production of In the Heights, the vibrant Miranda-Quiara Alegría Hudes musical set in Manhattan's multicultural Washington Heights neighborhood. Two more shows are still in negotiation.

Subscriptions for the 25th anniversary season range from $185 for previews to $279 for flexible premium seat subscriptions (opening night, with its gala party and open bar, commands $435 per subscription).  Actors' Playhouse performs at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.  For information, call 305-444-9293 or visit the theater's web site.