‘In the Heights’ Continues at Pittsburgh Musical Theater; Pitt vs. Syracuse (Sat., 2/2/19)

1) Pittsburgh Musical Theater, known for youth programs and family-friendly musicals, has branched into more adventurous fare with its West End Series. PMT’s latest is In the Heights, the 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first hit. This ensemble piece follows the adventures of young strivers in New York’s Washington Heights, a center for immigrants from the Dominican Republic and other Spanish-speaking countries. As in many immigrant neighborhoods, what a lot of folks strive for is to move on and up in the world—but the path isn’t always clear, and, as the show depicts, there’s plenty of drama right at home. Miranda (who’s not from the Heights but grew up in the New York metro area) wrote the first iteration of In the Heights while a student at Wesleyan University. After a student production scored well, he kept developing it. The Broadway version has major contributions from Quiara Alegria Hudes—credited as the book writer, and later a Pulitzer-winning playwright for Water by the Spoonful—and from New York director Thomas Kail. 7:30 p.m. Ends tomorrow.  In PMT’s Gargaro Theater, 327 S. Main St., West End. (MV)

2) The Pitt Panthers basketball team play the Syracuse Orange in a game of hoops this evening.The Panthers have a very young team and a new coach, but are playing hard and making progress. They’ve slumped a little recently, losing to Clemson, Louisville, and Duke. Jump ball is at 6 p.m. Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.