Photo Flash: Inside the World Premiere of HAVANA MUSIC HALL
The world premiere of the new musical HAVANA MUSICA HALL is now playing at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Miami, Florida. The exciting new show centers around the lives of Havana Music Hall's best-known musicians who are just about to get their big break before Fidel Castro seizes power. HAVANA MUSIC HALL is running now through November 18, with opening night set for Friday, October 19.
Set in 1958 Cuba, the highly-anticipated new musical tells the story of husband and wife musical team Rolando and Ramona Calderon, who are on the verge of breaking through to the world's stage when the Cuban Revolution tears apart the only life they've ever known. Almost sixty years later, the couple tries to forget the past in the now-devastated Havana Music Hall, but others won't let them. Directed and choreographed by Maria Torres (On Your Feet!), HAVANA MUSIC HALL features a book by Carmen Pelaez (Rum & Coke) and original music and lyrics by Richard Kagan.
Featuring vibrant original songs that will have audiences dancing in the aisles - including "Escape to Havana," "Place of My Birth," "Todo Es Bueno en Cuba" and "I Have My Voice," - this high-energy new musical captures the pain and joy of the immigrant experience like nothing before, bringing audiences inside the famed Havana Music Hall as hearts break and spirits soar against all odds.
The all-latinx cast of nineteen performers stars Linedy Genao (On Your Feet) as Young Ramona, local Carbonell Award-winning actorOscar Cheda (Broadway's In The Heights), Alexander Pimentel (Henry IV, Shakespeare Center of LA) as Young Rolando, Isbelia Duran (Cabaret, Area Stage Co) as Older Ramona, Rodrigo De la Rosa (Man of La Mancha, Mexico City) as Older Julio, Phillip Andrew Santiago (Evita, Actors' Playhouse) as Young Julio, Bruno Faria (Bonnie & Clyde, Slow Burn Theatre) as Alberto, Elaine Flores (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Actors' Playhouse) as Maria, Anissa Gathers (Celia in Celia, NYC & Tour) as Mercedes, Jorge Barranco (In The Heights, Speakeasy Stage Co), Angely Carucci (Venezuelan National Salsa Champion), Sarita Colon (On Your Feet!, 1st Nat'l Tour), Michael Focas (Making God Laugh, Actors' Playhouse), Hector Fortun (Fun Home, NYU Tisch New Studio), Christopher Hernandez (On Your Feet!, Broadway), Lauren Horgan (Evita, Actors' Playhouse), Macia McGeorge (Zorro, Miami Theater Center), Jane Papageorge (Disney's Frozen: Live at the Hyperion), and Robbie Smith (Funny Girl, North Shore Music Theatre).
The creative team for Havana Music Hall includes Music Supervisor & Orchestrator Larry Blank (Catch Me If You Can, Orchestrations), Music Director Tony Seepersad, Dance Music Arranger and Dance Orchestrator Oscar Hernández (Spanish Harlem Orchestra), Lyric Translator & Cuban Music Historian Jose "Perico" Hernandez (Caravana Cubana), Cuban Musicologist Luis Serrano (Miami Sound Machine), Dramaturg Carmen Rivera (La Gringa), Set Design by Paul Tate DePoo III (Anything Goes - Assoc), Lighting Design by Cory Pattak (Newsies - Assoc), Costume Design by Ann Closs-Farley (The Pee-Wee Herman Show), Sound Design by Lucas "Rico" Corrubia (The Who's Tommy), Projection Design by Eye Q Productions (The Lion King, Disney Cruise Line), additional casting by Binder Casting (Gypsy w/Patti LuPone), and Acting Consultant Seán Griffin (Mark Taper Forum).
Tickets range from $30 to $75 and can be purchased by calling (305) 444-9293, visiting https://bit.ly/2Kbt2Zz, or at the Actors' Playhouse Box Office (280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134). Group discounted rates are offered for 15 patrons or more through the group sales department at (305) 444-9293 ext. 610 or on www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Photo Credit: Alberto Romeu
Elaine Flores and Bruno Faria
Macia McGeorge, Michael Focas, Phillip Andrew Santiago, Hector Fortun and Christopher Hernandez
Macia McGeorge, Michael Focas, Linedy Genao and Hector Fortun
Lauren Horgan and Jorge Barranco
Lauren Horgan and Jorge Barranco
Phillip Andrew Santiago and Jorge Barranco
Sarita ColÃ³n, Anissa Gathers, Angely Carucci and Michael Focas
Isbelia Duran and Jorge Barranco