The TaÃno's of Puerto Rico Will Be the Subject of a New Musical- First Listen!
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the new musical by award-winning Anita Velez-Mitchell, platinum-winning composers Dean Landon and Anika Paris, TEMPLE OF THE SOULS, with musical direction by Bruce Baumer, Enrique Brown, choreographer, and directed by Artistic Director Lorca Peress. TEMPLE OF THE SOULS will play a limited engagement as part of the New York Musical Festival at Off-Broadway's The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd St., NY, NY 10036). Performances begin Wednesday, July 19 and continue until Sunday, July 23.
TEMPLE OF THE SOULS is a time-traveling love story set in the mystical El Yunque rain forest, caves, and valleys of Puerto Rico. We open on a present-day tour through an ancient cave known to be inhabited by Taíno Souls, the indigenous people who once ruled the island. Two tourists become entranced by a Taíno cave drawing of legendary lovers, and are magically transported back in time to the 16th Century as the lovers, Guario, a young Taíno runaway, and Amada, the daughter of a Conquistador. They meet by chance during the raucous San Juan Bautista Fiesta, but their union is thwarted by the intolerant world around them. To escape, they run to the Temple of the Souls where nightmares and dreams come true. With a forbidden love that is stronger than death and the blending of two worlds, they change the face of Puerto Rico forever.
The production features Noellia Hernandez* and Andres Quintero* as Amada and Guario; Danny Bolero* (Broadway In The Heights) as Conquistador Don Severo, Lorraine Velez* (Broadway Mimi in Rent, revival of Dreamgirls) as the Taino Nana; Jacob Gutierrez* (Light in the Piazza, Aladdin) as Nemesio; Ensemble: Ari Aron* Jorge Enrique Barranco* Theresa Burns* Catalina Gaglioti, Val Nuccio, Isabel Plana, Miguel A. Sierra* and Robert Zelaya* (Nat'l Tour Kinky Boots). The production is executive produced by Dr. Judy Kuriansky, associate produced by Jane Valez-Mitchell and features scenic design by Jennifer Varbalow, projection design by Jan Hartley, mask design by Marla Speer, costume design by Marla Speer and Lisa Renee Jordan, and lighting design by Jason Fok. Kenneth Goodwin is the sound designer and C. Renee Alexander is the AEA stage manager.
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Tickets are $27.50 and are now available online at www.nymf.org or by calling 212-352-3101. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at theater one hour prior to performance Running Time: 110 minutes Website: nymf.org/templeofthesoulswww.multistages.orgwww.templeofthesouls.com