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STAGE TUBE: Florencia Cuenca & Jaime Lozano Cover FOLLIES' 'Losing My Mind'

Live at the IMER (Instituto Mexicano de la Radio) Florencia Cuenca & Jaime Lozano put jazz and musical theatre together creating what they have called "The New Standards". Below, watch as they perform Follies' "Losing My Mind."
Florencia Cuenca is a Mexican musical theatre and jazz singer/actress. She began her career when she was 3 years old performing besides her dad Enrique Cuenca "El Polivoz" - who is considered one of the greatest Latin American comedians of all times -. Since then she has been involved in television, theatre and musical theatre participating in productions such as the Mexican premiere of "Shrek The Musical", "Selena The Musical" and the great Mexican musical "Si Nos Dejan", among others. Currently she is working on her first album "The New Standards".

In the past, the jazz repertoire was nurtured by musical theatre shows. From the 20's to the 40's composers like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, among others contributed with some of the most popular jazz standards, being played and performed by million of singers and musicians around the world creating all kind of versions and arrangements.

Based on this, Mexican musical theatre composer and arranger, Jaime Lozano, joins musical theatre and jazz singer Florencia Cuenca and together they take songs from contemporary musical theatre shows from the 60's to the present making their jazz versions, creating what they have called "The New Standards".

Jaime Lozano is a Mexican director, composer, arranger and orchestrator. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music and Composition from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and was the recipient of a full academic scholarship while earning his Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He was the first Mexican to be accepted and graduate from this program. His work has been performed at Goodspeed Opera House, Julliard School of Music, The Triad Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Soho Playhouse, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Town Hall, Minskoff Theatre and various other venues. A few of his many directorial and adaption credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Fantasticks, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jekyll & Hyde (Mexican Premiere), Songs for a New World (Spanish World Premiere) and The Last 5 Years (Spanish World Premiere). His original and adapted musical theatre works include Tlatelolco (composer, lyricist and librettist), The Yehuatl (composer), Lightning Strikes Twice (composer), Children of Salt (composer), which is currently being developed with director/choreographer Luis Salgado for its New York City début, and The Yellow Brick Road (co-composer and co-lyricist), which will have its Off Broadway premier Summer 2011 and an upcoming national tour. Jaime is the arranger and orchestrator for the Broadway album Carols for a Cure 2010. Currently he is directing a Mexican production of Into the Woods to open on June 2015. He is a teacher and activist for the not-for-profit organization R.Evolución Latina, where he has been developing music theatre educational programming. In addition, he is the arranger, orchestrator and music director of the album Dare to go Beyond, featuring various Broadway performers. Jaime is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild, BMI.



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