Miami New Drama to Present American Debut of PIAF, Starring Venezuelan Actress Mariaca Semprun
Miami New Drama (MiND) at Colony Theatre has announced the American premiere of the critically acclaimed musical Piaf, which will be the first of summer performances at the Colony, a cultural gem on Lincoln Road. The acquisition of the show coincides with the recent news of their first appointed Executive Director Florencia Jimenez-Marcos, who joined the team to build on a successful last season.
Venezuelan actress Mariaca Semprún will play the role of Edith Piaf in both English and Spanish performances, singing in French and bringing to life Leonardo Padrón's original script. After two sold out seasons in Caracas, Venezuela, Piaf is brought to Colony Theatre in an alliance with NiTan Tarde Producciones and Clas Producciones of Venezuela who have worked with MiND to open the international show on Miami Beach on Thursday, July 20 at 8 p.m.
"Having two brilliant Venezuelans bring to life a French legend on stage in Miami Beach is exactly the kind of magic that happens at the international crossroads that is our city," says Michel Hausmann, co-founder of MiND at Colony Theatre. "We are honored to be working with Semprún and Padrón on this American premiere which will be a milestone contribution in reviving the Colony as a landmark in the city's cultural landscape."
The show is pervaded by the expressive universe of Piaf and her unique way of singing the melodies that filled the most famous cabarets in the world. Through 18 of Piaf's most emblematical songs, the audience will learn about a life marked by intensity, temperament and tearing moments. The script is a captivating musical that unravels the story of a legend that seduced generations of music lovers but grew up in misfortune, suffered from love, drugs, war and sickness. Piaf's unique story is moving and delirious as it takes audience members on a journey through the legacy she left to the musical memory of the world.
"I feel fortunate to be in a musical like Piaf where I sing Edith Piaf's legendry musical notes in a diverse city such as Miami," said Semprún. "It's not only a big challenge as a singer and actress, but also an opportunity to keep her spirit alive for generations to come."
Semprún, known as "the Queen of Musicals" in Venezuela, is one of the most comprehensive and versatile artists of her generation. She has amassed an incomparable sum of experiences in the world of music and acting, unifying both talents in the creation of a distinctive professional profile. Submitted to rigorous professional training, she has taken her career through the halls of the opera, musicals, theater, cinema and television, where she has starred in films, won awards and nominations in international contests.
Some of her work includes "Vivo", "La Lupe, the Queen of the Unloved," "The Sound of Music," "Aire" and "The Fiddler on the Roof." Musically, apart from her first record production titled "Buscando una Canción" she has participated in such productions as "El Libro de la Salsa," "El Des-Concierto," "El Club de los Porfiaos," "La Casa Grande," 'Looking for a Country" and in tributes to Simón Díaz, Aldemaro Romero, Joan Manuel Serrat, Yordano and Gualberto Ibarreto.
Padrón, with a legendary career in literature, film and television, He is one of Venezuela's most well-known and respected writers.
He has published 20 books, including poetry, chronicles, essays, books of interviews and children's literature. His work has been translated into many languages, and he is currently the one of the most successful television writers, having earned over 25 awards. He is the creator and host of "Los Imposible" (The Impossible), a show that interviews international celebrities of different disciplines, which has earned both critical and popular acclaim. His biweekly chronicles in the newspaper "El Nacional" are a point of reference to understand the complex reality of Venezuela. Piaf is his first script for musical theater and represents his successful theatrical debut.
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The show will run July 20 - 30 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $50 - $65. To purchase tickets, visit www.colonymb.org/piaf.
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Colony Theatre is located in the heart of South Beach on Lincoln Road. It first opened on January 25, 1935 as an upscale Paramount Pictures movie house. In 2006, the building underwent a three-year, $6.5 million renovation to restore its original Art Deco grandeur and update its stage and technical equipment. Today, the theatre is a 417-seat state-of-the art venue proudly managed by Miami New Drama. MiND's vision is to transform this gem into a world-class cultural institution. The Colony's impressive Art Deco design makes it one of the last remaining original crown jewels of Miami Beach. The theatre hosts an exciting array of events including music, dance, film, comedy, and theater performances. as The Managing theater company, Miami New Drama brings original and critically-acclaimed plays produced exclusively for the Colony. For more information, visit www.colonymb.org.
Housed at the historic Colony Theatre, Miami New Drama (MiND) is a producing and presenting organization committed to theatrical excellence and to telling stories designed for the intersections of Miami's multicultural 21st-century audience. By sharing work where cultures, dialogue, and communities intersect, MiND serves audiences as diverse as the city itself.
MiND's inaugural production, The Golem of Havana, was a popular success. More than 6,500 people attended the musical production in an extended five-week run, breaking every record for past productions at the Colony Theatre and grossing over $250,000-- more than any other theater show in Miami's recent history. Its success inspired the City of Miami Beach to invite them to transform Colony Theatre into a vibrant cultural institution. Past productions include the American premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach's Terror directed by Tony Award winner Gregory Mosher and the southern premiere of Por Piedad Teatro's A Special Day. For more information, visit www.miaminewdrama.org.