Concert Version of New Musical CHILDREN OF SALT Presented at The Metropolitan Room
In anticipation of its New York presentation with the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) this July, producers Jorge de la Garza and German Cavazos will present a special concert version of the new musical CHILDREN OF SALT, music by Jaime Lozano and book and lyrics by Lauren Epsenhart, with arrangements & orchestrations by Jesús Altamira and Jaime Lozano, musical direction by Geraldine Anello and musical supervision by Zach Dietz.
The concert will star previously announced Mauricio Martinez and Florencia Cuenca, who will be joined by Nicolas Baumgartner (Spanish Tour: Mamma Mia), David Baida (On Your Feet), Barrie Linberg (Carmen La Cubana) and Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet) and will take place on Monday, June 6 at9:30pm at The Metropolitan Room (34 W 22nd Street). Tickets are $24-$115 and can be purchased by calling 212.206.0440 or by visiting metropolitanroom.com
Based on the play Los Niños De Sal by Mexican playwright Hernán Galindo, Children of Salt follows the story of Raúl, a successful entrepreneur who returns to the Mexican beaches of his youth only to be greeted by the memories that prompted him to flee twenty years prior. Reunited with his childhood friends, he must look to his past to move into his future. With its classic Latin rhythms Children of Salt is the timeless tale of love, loss and the human capacity to hope.
Jaime Lozano and Lauren Epsenhart, met at New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and since have been writing and collaborating on several musicals. Children of Salt was their very first project and they have continued to refine the piece since it's inception at NYU. They will be joined by a cast of some of the most important Broadway-Latino performers to date, including a 12-piece band, for an evening of selections from the musical, as they take you through the journey of the music, book and lyrics.
Below watch a video of Mauricio Martinez singing "Enough is Enough" from Children of Salt
JAIME LOZANO (Music) is a rising musical theatre writer, considered by Lin-Manuel Miranda as the "next big thing" on Broadway. An accomplished musician, vocal coach, composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical producer and musical director, Jaime has staged in Mexico well-known musicals such as Into The Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Fantasticks, Jekyll & Hyde The Musical. Jaime adapted, produced and directed the Spanish world premiere of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World. He has co-written The Yellow Brick Road, which had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere in the Summer of 2011, followed by a successful national tour; as well asChildren of Salt; A New Latin Musical to make its New York City debut as part of the New York Musical Festival 2016 (NYMF). Jaime also co-wrote the one-act musical Lightning Strikes which premiered Off-Broadway at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in June 2010 and had a very succesful run in Venezuela. His one-act musical The Yehuatl was later becoming the first act of the musical tryptich ??????? . Mitos . Kamanalis (Myths) with a world premiere on December 2012 in Mexico. Jaime is the composer, lyricist and librettist of the musical Tlatelolco, which premiered in October 2001 in Monterrey, Mexico, and was revived in 2002, 2004 and 2013.
As an arranger, Jaime has worked with the cast of Broadway's In the Heights and with Tony and Grammy award-winner Alex Lacamoire on the Christmas recording Carols for a Cure in 2010. Jaime is also the arranger, orchestrator and music director for the album from the non-profit organization R.Evolución Latina "Dare to Go Beyond", featuring various prominent Broadway performers including High School Musical's star Corbin Bleu. Jaime is co-orchestrator with Alex Lacamoire of the Cuban musical Carmen La Cubana, based on the opera Carmen by Bizet, which had a world premiere in Paris, France at the Théâtre du Châtelet in April, 2016.
LAUREN EPSENHART (Book and Lyrics) is a playwright, lyricist and educator. Her most recent projects include having written book and lyric for the Latin musical, Children of Salt (Music by Jaime Lozano), which has had two industry readings at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, Children of Salt will be one of 13 plays, world wide, presented at the 2016 New York Musical Festival in Manhattan, featuring Broadway's greatest talent to date. In addition, she is the author of the play Pushing Daisy, which had a world premiere with the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity at the Gene Frankel Theatre in June of 2011, where it was nominated for three awards and raised funds to aid in the treatment of cancer patients. Pushing Daisy also had a reading with Play Club West at the Noho Stages in Los Angeles in March of 2012 and a run at the Secret Theatre in 2014, in collaboration with MuSE: Multicultural Sonic Evolution productions. Lauren is currently writing book and lyric for the musical Lilly Blooms (Music by Jaime Lozano). Past credits include Observations of a Non-Kosher Pork Lover, Stars Through a Telescope (Music by Yui Kitamura) andBack to You (Music by Jiyoung Chang). Past productions and song lyrics have been featured at Lincoln Center, Julliard, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, The Secret Theatre, Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House, Triad Theatre, Queens Botanical Gardens and The Theatre for the New City.