I saw In the Heights about 5 times when it was on Broadway. I love this duet and the role of Nina. At a young age I always felt connected to Nina. I was born in the Bronx and I moved to New Jersey when I was young but as I grew up I wondered how different things would have been if we never moved. Would I be more connected to my Latin heritage? Would I have gone to performing arts school? Would I be where I am today? In the end I love this song because though those questions exist it does show that you can go home and be welcomed back with open arms.
Lin-Manuel Miranda: When You’re Home
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Soprano Shereen Pimentel from New Jersey is a second-year student at The Juilliard School studying with Edith Weins. She made her Broadway debut at 9 years old when she was cast as Young Nala in The Lion King. In 2016, she was invited to attend the International Meistersinger Akademie in Germany. She has also performed at the Frankfurt Opera House Operngala. This year she performed in the Juilliard Spring Opera production of Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor. At Juilliard, Ms. Pimentel is a part of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship program. Her ensemble group performs in hospitals and health care facilities across New York City. She is a 2015 Young Arts Merit Winner for Classical Music. Additionally, Ms. Pimentel was the winner of the 2016 Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition and 2017 Vocal Arts Management Youth Vocal Competition.