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BWW Review: PANAMA The Musical, The First Original English Musical With An All Panamanian Cast!
If you're visiting Panama in early 2018, there's no escaping Panama The Musical, hailed as 'A Roaring Twenties Musical with a Latin heartbeat,' debuting February 1-March 4, 2018, with the World Premiere on February 22nd. Even before landing, COPA Airlines, a sponsor, plays  a dazzling trailer - the first tease. Then, on a walk through the terminal, stroll through the Casco Viejo or expedition to the famous Canal, posters featuring the Panamanian cast greet you everywhere, for #VisitPanama is also a sponsor. The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Him, allocated a whopping $50,000 to support the marketing of this spectacle. And, if you happen to be staying at the chic, modern AC Hotel by Marriott in the financial district, another sponsor, you'll be welcomed by the smiling faces of the show's lovers, Tito and Melody. Reviewing the show for Broadway World - a first for both Panama and the publication's global reach - made not one, but four national news outlets and radio too. Even the Vice President herself, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, gave a heartfelt and rousing speech at the World Premiere, in English, which is historically significant, since it is not customary for politicians to deliver speeches in any other language than their native tongue in the homeland. All of these high profile sponsors and supporters have rallied behind the Panama The Musical and vocalized their belief in its value to the Nation. So what's the big deal? New musicals are a common occurrence. But for Panama, this is a first!

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