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Zoot Suit - 1979 - Broadway

It’s Los Angeles, Calif., the years 1942 to 1943. The war in the Pacific is in full gear, American big band music has young people at home dancing up a storm and the Zoot Suit is the uniform of choice for Chicano gangs on the streets of Los Angeles. One August morning a young Chicano boy is found bloody and beaten by the side of a road near a county reservoir. His death leads to the indictment of a local Chicano gang and the infamous Sleepy Lagoon Murder Trial, a kangaroo court fanned by media hysteria. When the verdict is announced the Zoot Suit riots begin, and the mythical mystical figure of El Pachuco is born.



Playwright Luis Valdez is America’s greatest Latino playwright. “Zoot Suit” is his masterpiece – a muscular mix of historical fact and agitprop fiction. Featuring a cast of 33 actors/singer/dancers and a live orchestra playing hot Latin Jazz form the 1940’s, “Zoot Suit” is a not-to-be-missed classic filled with swagger and swing.

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Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
1634 Broadway (At W. 50th St.)

Zoot Suit Broadway Cast



 

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2019
Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for its world premiere adaptation of Key Largo, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Farragut North) and featuring Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia (Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, The Godfather: Part III) as Johnny Rocco. The Geffen Playhouse production is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Andy Garcia, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson and the screenplay by Richard Brooks & John Huston. Original music is composed by 10-time GRAMMY Award winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Arturo Sandoval.
by TV News Desk - Sep 4, 2019
Nosotros, the first Latinx arts advocacy organization in Hollywood, announced the recipients of the 2019 Golden Eagle Awards.  The honorees include a wide array of Hollywood talent in front and behind the camera. The awards will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the historic Montalban Theatre 1615 Vine Street in Hollywood.  www.nosotrosorg.com
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2018
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) has named Oskar Eustis as the first recipient of its new honor, The Gordon Davidson Award, which will be bestowed annually by SDCF to recognize a director or choreographer for lifetime achievement and distinguished service in the regional theatre nationally. The presentation of the award will take place on Saturday, September 22, at the Center Theatre Group's Annex/ Gordon Davidson Rehearsal Hall, in a by-invitation-only event.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2018
Center Theatre Group has announced the cast for "Valley of the Heart," which is written and directed by Luis Valdez ("Zoot Suit"). Presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, the production will play at the Mark Taper Forum October 30 through December 9, 2018. The opening will be on Wednesday, November 7.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018
Performances for Center Theatre Group's production of "Valley of the Heart" will begin on October 30 at the Mark Taper Forum. Written and directed by Luis Valdez ("Zoot Suit") and presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, the production will run through December 9, 2018. The opening will be on Wednesday, November 7 at 8 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018
Rehearsals have begun for Center Theatre Group's production of "Valley of the Heart," which is written and directed by Luis Valdez ("Zoot Suit"). Presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, the production will play at the Mark Taper Forum October 30 through December 9, 2018. The opening will be on Wednesday, November 7.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018
WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director, Joanie Schultz, today announced details for The Great Distance Home conceived and directed by WTT's Associate Artistic Director, Kelsey Leigh Ervi.
by Gil Kaan - Nov 3, 2018
Luis Valdez' VALLEY OF THE HEART, currently at the Mark Taper Forum, vividly depicts the tale of two immigrant families (the Yamaguchis and the Montaños), both caught up in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor in the 1940s. Friends before the war, their oldest children, Teruko "Thelma" Yamaguchi and Ben Montaños, had secretly fallen in love. I had the chance to question Melanie Arii Mah (who's playing Teruko) on her history with HEART, as well as, her personal family accounts during this tragic historical time.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2018
Currently in previews, Center Theatre Group's production of "Valley of the Heart" will open on November 7 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. Written and directed by Luis Valdez ("Zoot Suit") and presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, the production will run through December 9, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2018
Center Theatre Group will offer Spanish-language translations of the 8 p.m. performance of Luis Valdez's "Valley of the Heart" on Friday, December 7 at the Mark Taper Forum. Each show will be performed in English with Spanish translations running simultaneously on open caption screens. Audience members wishing to view the open captions should request to be seated in the captioning area when purchasing tickets.
by Erica Cataldi-Roberts - Nov 1, 2019
Nearly six years after opening on Broadway and 27 years after appearing as a beloved animated Disney film, the national touring cast of the musical ALADDIN soars into the Providence Performing Arts Center. This version of the story contains many callbacks to the original 1992 film, but also adds many new elements, such as new songs, new characters, and even a new spin on the Genie. No matter one's familiarity with the source material, audience goers are in for a flashy and thoroughly entertaining evening, suitable for adults and children alike.
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2019
Signature Theatre presents Spunk based on three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by acclaimed writer and director George C. Wolfe (Jelly's Last Jam, Shuffle Along).
by Stage Tube - May 9, 2019
Signature Theatre presents Spunk based on three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by acclaimed writer and director George C. Wolfe (Jelly's Last Jam, Shuffle Along). The production is directed by Timothy Douglas (Arena's Nina Simone: Four Women, Disgraced). Spunk runs from April 30 through June 23 in Signature's ARK Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2020
Karen Zacarias's hilarious play Destiny of Desire was set to end Milwaukee Rep's 2019/20 Season in the Quadracci Powerhouse. While the hope was to delay the production to June, that option is no longer possible.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018
The Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT) will present a workshop production of The Pet Play by Noemi de la Puente, directed by David Davila. The Pet Play will begin performances on June 14 and run through June 24 at The Shetler Theatre (244 West 54th Street).
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018
Dragon Productions Theatre Company Announces New Artistic Director Team Following the January announcement of Founding Artistic Director Meredith Hagedorn's desire to step away from the Dragon Productions Theatre Company to pursue new opportunities, the Dragon Board of Directors, helmed by President Jenny Hollingworth, has been involved in a search for a new Artistic Director to shape the artistic vision of the Dragon in 2019 and beyond. After several months of interviewing a number of incredibly qualified Bay Area candidates, the Dragon Board is pleased to announce that beginning in 2019, the team of Alika Spencer-Koknar and her husband Bora "Max" Koknar will step into the leadership role as co-Artistic Directors.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018
Following the January announcement of Founding Artistic Director Meredith Hagedorn's desire to step away from the Dragon Productions Theatre Company to pursue new opportunities, the Dragon Board of Directors, helmed by President Jenny Hollingworth, has been involved in a search for a new Artistic Director to shape the artistic vision of the Dragon in 2019 and beyond. After several months of interviewing a number of incredibly qualified Bay Area candidates, the Dragon Board is pleased to announce that beginning in 2019, the team of Alika Spencer-Koknar and her husband Bora "Max" Koknar will step into the leadership role as co-Artistic Directors. 
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2020
Center Theatre Group is announcing the newest addition to the Art Goes On project with Theatre Skills @ Home, a new series that taps into the deep pool of local theatre artists to offer brief theatre tutorials.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced casting and other details for the World Premiere of Lockdown by Cori Thomas (Citizens Market, When January Feels Like Summer), directed by Kent Gash (Barbeque). This play, commissioned by Rattlestick with support from the Virginia P. Toulmin Foundation, will begin previews on April 17, 2019 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place), with opening night set for May 2 and a limited engagement through May 19, 2019. Tickets are on sale now at www.rattlestick.org.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2019
San Jose Stage Company (Randall King, Artistic Director and Cathleen King, Executive Director) has announced the complete cast and creative team for The Stage's next production, the World Premiere of Luis Valdez's ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA.Presented in partnership with El Teatro Campesino and directed by Kinan Valdez, ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA will run from April 3 - 28 2019 at San Jose Stage Company (490 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA, 95113). The press opening will take place on Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $32 - $72 and can be purchased through the Box Office at (408) 283-7142 or online at www.thestage.org.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2019
Es fascinante la idea de Alejandro Ordorica sobre el mundo citadino, refirió Óscar Narváez, quien leerá cuentos y poemas del autor de Ciudad de amores, como parte del ciclo Leo… luego existo, el domingo 31 de marzo al mediodía en la Sala Manuel M. Ponce del Palacio de Bellas Artes. La entrada será gratuita.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2019
Once again, the NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch's Theatre Viewing Committee has spoken, and the nominations are in for the 28th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. This year's pedigreed list of nominees collectively represents a rich, extensive dossier of legacies and accolades for both stage and screen. These nominees include members of a legendary 'gospel royal family' as well as a Legend whose part of an elite group of artists in the EGOT winners circle. These, along with all their fellow nominees, will be honored for their excellence on the small and large stages during our annual awards dinner, slated to be held on Monday, June 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m.at the prestigious Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2019
Hero Theatre announced today that Jeanine Mason (Roswell New Mexico, Grey's Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance) and acclaimed actor and musician Zach Villa (Karyn Kusama's Destroyer) will star in the first two plays of a four-play cycle about the Cuban-American experience titled, The Floating Island Plays.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2020
L.A. Theatre Works is offering 25 audio recordings of significant stage plays, each performed by leading actors of stage and screen, available free to educators worldwide.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2020
COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company presents 'Class of '85', a dance musical spin-off inspired by the classic John Hughes movies of the 1980's. Get ready for big hair, big dresses, and big dance energy in COLLIDE's newest original dance-musical production, celebrating the best of the 80's! Secrets hidden behind high school stereotypes will be unmasked
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019
San Jose Stage Company (Randall King, Artistic Director and Cathleen King, Executive Director) has announced the complete cast and creative team for The Stage's next production, the World Premiere of Luis Valdez's ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA. Presented in partnership with El Teatro Campesino and directed by Kinan Valdez, ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA will run from April 3 - 28 2019 at San Jose Stage Company (490 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA, 95113).
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) announced today that they will be partnering with the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) and R & R Productions, LLC for the world premiere musical 33 13 - House of Dreams. Written by local San Diegans Jonathan Rosenberg and Brad Ross, with additional contributions by Steve Gunderson and Javier Velasco, the debut production chronicles the success of Gold Star Recording Studios through the history of rock 'n' roll. The production will feature direction and choreography by Javier Velasco with musical direction and arrangements by Steve Gunderson. 33 13 - House of Dreams will run August 1 - 25, 2019, at San Diego REP's Lyceum Stage Theatre, with previews August 1 - 6, and press opening on Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2019
Orange County's oldest professional Shakespeare company (originally founded as The Grove Shakespeare Festival by Thomas F. Bradac 40 years ago), moves from the Garden Grove Amphitheater onto the SAC campus, and continues its community-driven mission under Artistic Director John Walcutt in three theaters at SAC.
by Cary Ginell - Jul 27, 2018
An inventive costume, makeup, and wig design highlights Moorpark College's production of 'Clue: The Musical,' playing through August 5 at the school's black box theatre.
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2020
In this scene from the vault, Center Theatre Group is taking you back to the vibrant opening number from the 2017 revival of Luis Valdez's 'Zoot Suit' at the Mark Taper Forum.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2019
California Repertory Company announces productions for the 2019a?"2020 season.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2019
San Diego Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere musical 33 1/3 - House of Dreams. Written by local San Diegans Jonathan Rosenberg and Brad Ross, with additional contributions by Steve Gunderson and Javier Velasco, the debut production chronicles the success of Gold Star Recording Studios through the history of rock 'n' roll.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 13, 2019
The magic is real at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway! Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as Harry, Ron and Hermione launch into a thrilling new adventure that begins 19 years later. The entire theatre has been transfigured to immerse you in this spectacular world where epic duels, extraordinary spells and beloved characters come to life. Filled with unprecedented stagecraft and thrilling storytelling, this Tony Award-winning show is a singular, unforgettable experience. Get to know the current cast of the Broadway production!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2020
La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to launch its 2020 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour production: Emily Driver's Great Race through Time and Space, by A.A. Brenner and Gregg Mozgala, directed by National Disability Theatre (NDT) Co-Executive Directors and Playhouse Artists-in-Residence Talleri A. McRae and Mickey Rowe. The production will tour schools throughout San Diego County January 29 a?" March 27.  Commissioned by the Playhouse, this world-premiere play for young audiences will also have four public performances on February 29 and March 1 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm at La Jolla Playhouse. Tickets are available at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or (858) 550-1010.
by Christine Swerczek - Jan 18, 2019
ALADDIN is completely satisfying as a theater experience because it has it all: great music, extravagant sets and lighting, gorgeous costumes, enchanting choreography, solid actors, and humor.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2019
Highly-acclaimed funk, soul, R&B and old school entertainers from the 1970s and 1980s, including Midnight Star, Color Me Badd, Tierra, Ready 4 The World featuring Melvin Riley, Evelyn Champagne King, The Jets, Malo, Peaches & Herb and Blue Magic, will bring romantic throwback hits to Old School 105.7's Love Affair Concert at the Orleans Arena on Saturday, Feb. 9.
by Ben Rimalower - Feb 8, 2019
Well, my little piggies and wolves, the next CDs I'm eliminating from my apartment are all the recordings of all the versions of Into The Woods. I'm talking London cast, movie version, Broadway revival and ouch, the one that's gonna leave a gaping hole in my heart, that beautiful Original Broadway Cast Recording starring Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Tom Aldredge, Robert Westenberg and above them all as the Witch (receiving the deal-breaking top billing the producers previously refused Patti LuPone when they offered her the role) Bernadette Peters.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019
Maryland Ensemble Theatre's (MET) annual Retro Prom is returning for the sixteenth straight year March 30. The Frederick non-profit theater company's annual fundraiser is a groovy night when attendees break out the dusty prom dresses and platform shoes to go "Back to the Future" to show dazzling displays of retro attire from decades past. The idea of "prom attire" has metamorphosed through the years as disco queens, flower children, flappers, and greasers have rubbed elbows with zombies and Pontiffs.
by Stage Tube - Feb 6, 2020
It's 2050 and Andres Salazar is running for office. In an America where Latinos are now considered part of the racial majority, he has tough decisions to make. Will identifying himself as a Mexican American help or hinder him on Election Day? Will denying part of his identity be worth the potential political benefits?
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2020
Milwaukee Rep Has Announced the Complete Cast and Creative Teams for the Final Productions of the 2019/20 Season including the world premiere Antonio's Song / I Was Dreaming of a Son by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith and Antonio Edwards Suarez in the Stiemke Studio March 24 - April 5, 2020; the world premiere event Hootenanny: The Musicale by celebrated musician David Lutken in the Stackner Cabaret March 27 - May 24, 2020; and the telenovela of passion and deception Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarías in the Quadracci Powerhouse April 21 - May 17, 2020.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 21, 2020
Today's top stories: Read the reviews for West Side Story, and more!
by Stephi Wild - Feb 21, 2019
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! We're so close to Friday! Power through the rest of your week by catching up on the latest Broadway news!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
The DCPA Theatre Company, the producing regional theatre arm of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), is proud to announce full casting and creative teams for the world premieres of Bonnie Metzgar's You Lost Me and Tony Meneses' twenty50.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
'Shakespeare's Plays are a Natural Fit with Dance'-NY Times Article March 2014- Alastair Macaulay COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company presents a rock ballet rendition of Shakespeare's Romeo and Julietat the Cowles Center February 14-23, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2018
The new CNN Original Series, American Style, will make its debut on Sunday, Jan. 13, with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part docuseries produced by Vox Entertainment in collaboration with Doc Shop Productions, examines how America's changing style through the decades has mirrored the political, social, and economic climate of the time. Using archival footage and interviews with fashion experts and cultural figures including Tim Gunn, Donna Karan, Carson Kressley, Vanessa Williams, Beverly Johnson, Isaac Mizrahi, Christie Brinkley, John Varvatos, Diane von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley and more, the series highlights the most iconic moments from fashion and pop culture, giving audiences a front row seat to the runway of American history.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2019
San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) has announced the extension of its production run of 33 1/3 a?" House of Dreams, the world premiere musical written by local San Diegans Jonathan Rosenberg and Brad Ross, with additional contributions by Steve Gunderson and Javier Velasco, direction by Velasco and musical direction and arrangements by Gunderson. The show's run began August 1, 2019 and has been extended through Sunday, September 1, 2019 in the Lyceum Stage Theatre at San Diego REP.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2019
Signature Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for Spunk, based on three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by acclaimed writer and director George C. Wolfe (Jelly's Last Jam, Shuffle Along). The production will be directed by Timothy Douglas (Arena's Nina Simone: Four Women, Disgraced). Spunk will run from April 30 through June 23 in Signature's ARK Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2019
The UC San Diego Department Of Theatre And Dance Presents THE JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL MONTHLY, written by Mara Nelson-Greenberg and directed by Carla Harting, as part of the 2019 Wagner New Play Festival.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2020
Today we shine a spotlight on L.A. Theatre Works, with Artistic Producing Director Susan Loewenberg.
by BWW Prompts - Apr 28, 2020
We want to hear from you! We're starting #BwayWorldPrompts, where each day we'll be asking our readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram questions to spark some theater conversation.