Latino Theater Alliance Set for El Diario's CENTENNIAL FIESTA, 10/25
"El Diario/La Prensa", the longest-publishing Spanish-language daily newspaper in the nation (Est.1913) will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a Latin music and theater festival at Grand Central Terminal, the iconic landmark that also celebrated its centennial in 2013.
The event called "Centennial Grand Fiesta" will take place on Friday, October 25th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, at Vanderbilt Hall. It will feature performances by the Latino Theater Alliance of New York, a collective of the city's most acclaimed Latino theater companies, including Repertorio Español, Pregones Theater, IATI, and the Latino Children's Theater (Teatro SEA). From tango to ensemble numbers, and charming Latin-song standards, this cultural celebration will likely delight audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
Participating theater companies will perform music and dance selection from their most celebrated shows this season, and/or their acclaimed training schools. Repertorio Español, the nation's largest Hispanic theater company will perform selections from "Bésame Mucho", the all-female musical review that features the most romantic classic Latin love songs. Pregones, the only professional Hispanic theater company in the Bronx, will perfrom selections from "Aloha Boricua", the celebrated musical about the experiences of Puerto Rican immigrants in Hawaii from the year 1900 to the present. The show is based on "Vivir del Cuento" (a Spanish-idiom that means "Living Easy"), a short story by renowned writer Manuel Ramos Otero.
Backed by an 8-piece orchestra, SEA will perform selections from "Romance", the revival of its long-running musical review about the life and music of Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández. IATI, one of the oldest Hispanic theater companies in the city, will perfrom Tango music and dance selections by internationally-renowned dancers Walter Pérez, Leonardo Sardella, and María Blanco.
"El Diario/La Prensa" was established on October 12th, 1913, as a small publication in Lower Manhattan called "La Prensa". Currently owned by ImpreMedia, the publication merged with competing daily newspaper "El Diario de Nueva York" (Est. 1947), to form "El Diario/La Prensa" as it is known today.
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, "El Diario/La Prensa" has launched a series of special events and partnerships with other city landmark institutions such as Columbia University, NYU, the NY Historical Society, the Empire State Building, and the Hispanic Leadership and Achievement Employee Resource Group (HOLA) at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), among others.
For "El Diario/La Prensa's" full calendar of centennial events, commemorative news coveragte, historic timelines, and more in English and Spanish, visit www.eldiariony.com/100.