Celia Cruz: The Musical
Celia Cruz: The Musical is scheduled to premiere this fall in New York. The Off-Broadway show will feature the musical career, struggles, and the marriage of Celia Cruz, the first Hispanic singer to be recognized internationally.
According to the School Library Journal, “From its rhythmic opening, the first-person narrative dances readers through Cruz’s youth in Havana, a childhood bounded by scents of nature and home, the sweet taste of sugar, and the sound of music. A singer from an early age, Cruz sang so continually that one of her teachers finally urged her to share her voice with the world. Thus encouraged, she entered competitions, undeterred when her racial heritage prevented her from competing – undeterred, even, when the advent of Castro’s communist regime forced her to leave Cuba as a refugee. Positive even in exile, Cruz made New York City her own and took Miami by storm.”
Celia Cruz: The Musical will be produced by David Maldonado and directed by Jaime Azpilicuet. Henry Cardenas, the show’s executive producer, says that this musical will be “…a tribute to one of the most remarkable Latin artists that ever lived. Celia’s contributions went beyond just music. Her charisma, passion and tireless energy on and off the stage inspired artists and fans alike. Her story is extraordinary, and one that deserves to be told.”
The musical will start its world tour in the Big Apple (NY) in September 2007. It will later stop in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and Washington D.C.
SOURCE: Hispanic Business