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Friendsday Wednesday! Canadian Edition!

2011 May 4
by Lin


Welcome to Friendsday Wednesday. Here’s where I post things by our friends. I’m going to start with some of the greatest fan-related videos on the Interweb.

This was my introduction to Sway and Nitya Chirravur, two cramazing Canadian sisters who were so inspired by Heights, they began creating their own animated spinoffs. A high-speed Alabanza where Abuela Claudia floats away like Mary Poppins? Yes, thanks!

Nitya continued along this theme until she created her masterpiece, a high-speed animated version of the Blackout, complete with dollar signs in Usnavi’s eyes. I mean, this video simply never gets old.

If any one character was truly Nitya’s muse, it was Sonny. She devoted two full music videos to him, one to the tune of Kanye West & Estelle’s American Boy, and an epic disco classic, with what appears to be a clay rendering of Sonny.

And then there’s Condom Guy. Know who Condom Guy is? He’s the guy in Heights who tries to buy condoms in the Bodega, only to have it loudly announced by Usnavi, “You wanna box of Condoms, what kind?” It goes by in an instant, but Nitya and Sway sort of turned him into the Rosenkrantz & Guildenstern of Heights. Condom Guy returns, in an animated version of Benny’s Dispatch that also manages to squeeze in a cartoon Tina Fey eating a hot dog.

I don’t know what the future holds for Sway & Nitya, but I am sure it is bright, and I know that I am forever grateful that for a time, In The Heights was their muse.

May The Fourth Be With You! Happy Friendsday Wednesday!


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  1. Theresa Dayton permalink
    May 4, 2011

    Every single time I see Blackout and Sonny is trying to pull down the grate, I can’t help but imagine Nitya’s little Sonny with his little feet dangling down as he’s trying to lower the grate. Every. Single. Time. I don’t care who is playing Sonny in any given performance. When it comes to those lines, Nitya’s Dangling Feet Sonny trumps it all.

  2. Peedy permalink
    May 4, 2011

    Thank you, Lin, for making my life a little bit more awesome by introducing me to these.

  3. May 4, 2011

    “In The Heights”- saw the show when it played at the 39th Street Theater and flipped! I went with a friend who had cast and directed me in “Oliver!” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. (He also worked there with Doreen Montalvo). This person gave me my Equity card, so I feel totally devoted to him. I thought that George, who is originally from Columbia, could relate to the whole cultural thing, and me, who is a Jewish girl from Bklyn, would like the show just because it sounded like fun. Little did I know that “Heights” has become one of my favorite shows ever! Two weeks later, I brought my husband and 7 other people (including George), and everyone thought it was incredible! We saw it again when it opened on Broadway, and right before it closed. So, you can see what fans we are of your show. I was thrilled when you wrote a song for Priscilla Lopez. She is a legend, as far as I’m concerned, and she deserved her own song. I screamed like a banshee when your show won the Tony for Best Musical! But I thought that Abuela Claudia & you should have won. All of the cast was phenomenal. To this day, I can honestly say that “Heights” is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I hope that you write another show soon, Lin. you are truly amazing!!!!

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