Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company

Inspired by true events, the new musical Buena Vista Social ClubTM brings the iconic Grammy-winning album of pulsing Afro-Cuban music thrillingly to the stage.

By: Dec. 18, 2023
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Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere musical, Buena Vista Social Club ™ officially opened Off-Broadway on December 13th.  See photos from opening night.

Buena Vista Social Club™ is written by Marco Ramirez, directed by Saheem Ali, and choreographed by Patricia Delgado and Justin Peck. David Yazbeck leads the music team. 

Inspired by true events, the new musical Buena Vista Social ClubTM brings the iconic Grammy-winning album of pulsing Afro-Cuban music thrillingly to the stage.

In 1950s Havana, a group of young musicians creates a sound that shakes the world of Cuban music – until the revolution changes everything. Forty years later, the band is brought back together to record the songs they left behind. With decades of heartbreak fueling every note, they unexpectedly go on to create the greatest-selling world music album of all time, immortalizing their songs and their legacy.

The international cast of Buena Vista Social ClubTM features Skizzo Arnedillo (Best Original Choreography Nominee Off-Broadway, A Class Act), Renesito Avich (Latin Grammy nominee), Natalie Venetia Belcon (Matilda), Angélica Beliard (Summer), Kenya Browne (Off-Broadway debut), Danaya Esperanza (Comedy of Errors), Carlos Falú (Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story), Francisco J. González (Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building”), Jared Machado (Off-Broadway debut), Héctor Juan Maisonet (On Your Feet!), Ilda Mason (West Side Story), Marielys Molina (Motown), Julio Monge (Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story), Leonardo Reyna (Off-Broadway debut), Mel Semé (Off-Broadway debut), Olly Sholotan (Peacock’s “Bel-Air”), Jainardo Batista Sterling (Whitney Museum’s Lacks Criticality), Nancy Ticotin (In The Heights), and Luis Vega (Tell Hector I Miss Him).

The band of Buena Vista Social ClubTM features music supervisor Dean Sharenow, music director, orchestrations & arrangements by Marco Paguia, additional arrangements by Javier Diaz and David Oquendo, consultant Juan de Marcos, and musicians Javier Diaz, Román Diaz, Guido Gonzalez, Mauricio Herrera, Hery Paz, Gustavo Schartz, and Eddie Venegas.

Buena Vista Social ClubTM features sets by Arnulfo Maldonado, costumes by Dede Ayite, lighting by Tyler Micoleau, sound by Jonathan Deans, music supervisor Dean Sharenow, music director, orchestrations & arrangements by Marco Paguia, additional arrangements by Javier Diaz and David Oquendo, consultant Juan de Marcos, wigs, hair & make-up by J. Jared Janas, props by Matt Carlin, dialects by Rosie Berrido, vocal coaching by Dawn-Elin Fraser, fights by Lisa Kopitsky, and casting by Tara Rubin Casting; Xavier Rubiano, CSA; Frankie Ramirez. Amanda Michaels serves as the Production Stage Manager.

Buena Vista Social Club ™ is now open at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street). The production will run until January 21st, 2024.

Photo Credit: Ahron R. Foster

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Ilda Mason

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Ilda Mason and Héctor Juan Maisonet

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Olly Sholotan

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Olly Sholotan and Mel Semé

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Julio Monge and Mel Semé

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Héctor Juan Maisonet

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Marco Ramirez

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Julio Monge and Marco Ramirez

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Jainardo Batista Sterling and Leonardo Reyna

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Justin Peck and Patricia Delgado

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Justin Peck, Patricia Delgado, and Carlos Gonzalez

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Buena Vista Social Club company, band, and creative team

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Buena Vista Social Club company, band, and creative team

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Renesito Avich

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Renesito Avich, Marco Paguia, and Leonardo Reyna

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Jared Machado and Julio Monge

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Julio Monge

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Jared Machado

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Renesito Avich and David Oquendo

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Carlos Falú and guest

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Eddie Venegas and guest

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Francisco J. González and Nancy Ticotin

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Jared Machado and family

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Jainardo Batista Sterling

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Leonardo Reyna

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Natalie Venetia Belcon and Orin Wolf

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Natalie Venetia Belcon

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Danaya Esperanza

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Luis Vega and Juan De Marcos

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
David Oquendo, Renesito Avich, Danaya Esperanza, and Juan De Marcos

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Lupita Nyong'o, Saheem Ali, and Neil Pepe

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Lupita Nyong'o

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Mary McCann and Neil Pepe

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Marielys Molina

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Dean Sharenow and Hery Paz

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Dean Sharenow

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Orin Wolf, Isabella Schiavon, and Hannah Rosenthal

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Carlos Gonzalez and Kurt Crowley

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Jamie deRoy and Stefany Bergson

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Luis Vega

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Marco Paguia

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Saheem Ali and Lupita Nyong'o

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Saheem Ali and Lupita Nyong'o

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Saheem Ali

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Buena Vista Social Club ensemble

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Jainardo Batista Sterling and Leonard Reyna

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Julio Monge and Jared Machado

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Mel Semé and Olly Sholotan

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Danaya Esperanza and Kenya Browne

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Natalie Venetia Belcon

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
The company and band of Buena Vista Social Club

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
The band of Buena Vista Social Club

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Orin Wolf and David Yazbek

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Angélica Beliard

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Kenya Browne

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Kenya Browne and Olly Sholotan

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Kenya Browne and Olly Sholotan

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Kenya Browne and Jared Machado

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company
Kenya Browne, Olly Sholotan, and Jared Machado



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