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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 1:10 PM


La temporada invernal de teatro y danza nos presenta varios estrenos comenzando con la gran Chita Rivera que retorna a Broadway en la producción de The Mystery of Edwin Drood y América Ferrera en Bethany en el City Center. La Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) trae a escena The Laramie Project Cycle, del venezolano Moisés Kaufman, conmemorando los 10 años del brutal asesinato de Matthew Shepard, evento que sirvió de catálisis al movimiento por la igualdad de género y contra la violencia homófoba en los Estados Unidos.
Por su parte, el Repertorio Español estrena Fuenteovejuna, de Lope de Vega, una de las obras seminales del teatro en español, adaptada esta vez a una corporación moderna y sigue presentando, además, Entrada Gratis, Bésame Mucho y El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera. En Queens, el Teatro Thalia presenta Afro-Tango o Tango Negro, explorando la riqueza musical del Uruguay y, en el Bronx, el Teatro Pregones vuelve con su revista anual de música, March is Music.
Más teatro nos llega desde México con Working on a Special Day, una coproducción entre The Play Company y el Por Piedad Teatro basada en el clásico del cine italiano Una Giornata Particolare, de Ettore Scola.
En Broadway, Evita baja el telón éste 26 de Enero y The Heiress hace lo mismo el 10 de Febrero.
Los amantes de la Danza tendrán la oportunidad de disfrutar, en el Teatro Joyce, de Nacho Duato con el Buglisi Dance Theater y nuevos programas de la compañía DanceBrazil y del Ballet Hispánico.
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood > Con Chita Rivera > Hasta Marzo 10 > Studio 54 > Roundabout Theatre.

Photo Joan Marcus. 

At the hit Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, you finish the story Charles Dickens didn’t! It’s the only show in town that ends differently every night, depending on what the audience decides. Stephanie J. Block (Anything Goes), Will Chase (“Smash”), Gregg Edelman (Wonderful Town), Jim Norton (The Seafarer), and Chita Rivera (Nine) star in this rollicking winner of the Tony® “Triple Crown” (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score).
Take a trip back in time to a Victorian music hall where a rowdy ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood. Is it John Jasper, Edwin’s protective but slightly maniacal uncle? Rosa Bud, his reluctant betrothed? The debauched Princess Puffer? The ending of each performance is up to you!

BETHANY > Women's Project Theater > Con America Ferrera > World Premiere > Enero 11 a Febrero 17 > NY City Center.




Bethany is a darkly comic exploration of the limits of morality in desperate times. Set in an American exurb wiped out by foreclosures, the play follows Crystal, a financially strapped woman who discovers just how far she’ll go to regain what she’s lost.
Written by Laura Marks. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. With Emily Ackerman, America Ferrera, Kristin Griffith, Ken Marks, Tobias Segal and Myra Lucretia Taylor.
Visit BethanyOffBroadway.com for more info.

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Broadway Week 2013 > Enero 22 - Febrero 7 > Varios Teatros > BW.


La Semana de Broadway trae la posibilidad de ver algunos de los shows más populares del teatro neoyorquino. Y con la oferta del 2 x 1 se hace mucho más accesible. El listado de obras disponibles incluye favoritas y ganadoras del Tony: El Rey León, Annie, The Heiress, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Newsies y Once entre otros. Broadway Week se realiza del 22 de Enero al 7 de Febrero. 


The Laramie Project Cycle > By Moisés Kaufman > Febrero 12 al 24 > BAM Harvey Theater


Parte I : The Laramie Project
Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project
Parte II : The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
Written by Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber
Directed by Moisés Kaufman and Leigh Fondakowski
In 1998, Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence, beaten, and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He had been the victim of a homophobic hate crime that left the small town of Laramie reeling. His murder became a watershed moment in America, highlighting the violence and prejudice LGBT people face in contemporary society.
Meticulously crafted from hundreds of interviews conducted with the town’s residents over the course of a decade—including Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard, and his convicted killer Aaron McKinney—The Laramie Project Cycle is presented by Moisés Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project. Pairing the company's acclaimed work The Laramie Project alongside its 2008 epilogue, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, this historic double bill examines a community's shaken self-understanding in the aftermath of tragedy and the temptation to rewrite history in the name of moving on.
++ ALSO at BAM > Trisha Brown Dance Company > Enero 30 - Febrero 2


FUENTEOVEJUNA > De Lope de Vega > Gran Estreno | Febrero 1, 2, 5, 7 > Repertorio Español.


La obra está basada en hechos reales ocurridos en la ciudad española de Fuenteovejuna (actualmente Fuente Obejuna) donde una población entera tomó la justicia en sus propias manos y asesinó a su cruel gobernante. Cuando un magistrado visitó la ciudad para investigar lo sucedido, los pobladores respondieron diciendo: “Fuenteovejuna lo hizo”. El director transportará la obra a la actualidad situándola en una corporación moderna.


WORKING ON A SPECIAL DAY > Enero 10 - Febrero 10 > The Play Company, in collaboration with Mexico City-based Por Piedad Teatro > WORKING.




WORKING ON A SPECIAL DAY is a play inspired by Ettore Scola's 1977 Oscar-nominated Italian film (which starred Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni), and subsequent play "Una Giornata Particolare" about an overworked housewife and amysterious bachelor who meet on May 8, 1938, the day Rome celebrated Hitler's visit to Mussolini's Italy. Performed (in English) by Mexican actors Ana Graham and Antonio Vega in a singular performance style, the artists employ simple props to create a bittersweet human dramathat unfolds while a charged political landscape of rising fascism stirs outside their apartment windows.


AfroTango > Enero 25 - Marzo 17 > Thalia Theater > Tango.



A World Premiere tango musical with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena! Produced, Designed & Directed by Angel Gil Orrios.
MAESTRO RAUL JAURENA was born and raised in Uruguay, and his music is inspired by his roots. His arrangements combine the traditional roots of Tango and Milonga with the rhythms and dance of Candombe, the voice of the African communities in Uruguay. His music reflects the influences of the different cultures as well as one hundred years of tango history with all its contradicting emotions.
CANDOMBE, also known as Tango Negro, is an African-derived rhythm that has been an important part of Uruguayan culture for over 200 years. It is what survives of the ancestral heritage of Bantu culture, brought to Uruguay by enslaved Africans. During colonial times, they called their drums tangó, and used this term to refer to the place where they gathered to perform their Candombe dances; by extension, the dances themselves were also called tangós. Candombe music uses three drums called “repique”, “chico” and “piano”. Tango developed simultaneously in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Although typically regarded as the creation of Italian and Spanish immigrants, the tango's music and the dance movements associated with it were deeply influenced by African dance and music.

Buglisi Dance Theatre > With 3 Nacho Duato solo excerpts from Arenal > Feb 5–10 > Teatro Joyce.



Buglisi Dance Theatre's passionate dancing and sublime theatricality speak to the visceral strengths and vulnerabilities of humanity. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary season, the company will perform Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi's signature works Requiem and Suspended Women, along with company favorites Caravaggio Meets Hopper and Rain. The two programs, with live music featured on both, also include three world premieres. This is Forever is set to a rhapsody performed live (on opening night) by composer Steve Margoshes;Snow Falling on Water, exploring the mystery and secrets of growing up in Brooklyn, is set to a tender score by Andy Teirstein that is performed live;Butterflies and Demons is set to music by Daniel Bernard Roumain; and a solo commission by guest choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska. Nacho Duato solo excerpts from Arenal are a season highlight.

DanceBrazil > Mar 19—24 > Teatro Joyce.



For over three decades, the infectious Afro-Brazilian rhythms, pinpoint precision, and sheer power of DanceBrazil performances have astonished audiences around the world. This spring, the company returns to The Joyce with a premiere by Artistic Director Jelon Vieira and the return of Imfazwe, a powerful meditation on war, combat—and dance. As always, Capoeira, the mesmerizing martial art with an African beat, and live music drive the action on stage.

Ballet Hispánico > Apr 16—28 > Teatro Joyce.



"Dancing better than ever" (Backstage), Ballet Hispanico celebrates its 25th season at The Joyce with a vibrant snapshot of contemporary Spanish dance. Program highlights include a world premiere by Cayetano Soto, one of the most dynamic and ground-breaking Spanish choreographers of his generation, and the Joyce premiere of an homage to 1980s Europop created by the cutting-edge Spanish duo Inma García and Meritxell Barberá. The Joyce premiere of Danzónby Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro and rousing repertory gems further showcase the multidimensional company. For more performances nationwide visit > Hispanico.

++ Also at The Joyce > Martha Graham Dance Company > Feb 20— Mar 3.

MARCH IS MUSIC 2013 > Visita el sitio web para más información > Teatro Pregones > MUSICA.

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EVITA > Teatro Marquis > Hasta Enero 26 > EVITA.



El musical de TIM RICE y ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, ganador de un premio Tony, vuelve a Broadway con la actuación de RICKY MARTIN (Les Misérables), ganador de un premio Grammy®, y ELENA ROGER (Piaf), ganadora de un premio Olivier, quien será la primera actriz argentina en protagonizar el rol de Evita en Broadway, y replica su representación extraordinaria que deslumbró la audiencia y la critica londinense en el West End. También con la participación de MICHAEL CERVERIS (Sweeney Todd), ganador de un premio Tony.
Eva Perón utilizó su inteligencia y carisma para ascender rápidamente desde un tugurio de Argentina hasta la residencia presidencial como Primera Dama. Adorada por su pueblo como la abanderada de los humildes, se convirtió en una de las mujeres más poderosas del mundo, mientras que su codicia, descomunal ambición y frágil salud la convirtieron en la más trágica. EVITA cuenta la apasionada e inolvidable historia verídica de Eva, y nos deleita con algunas de las canciones más hermosas del teatro, como "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" y "High Flying, Adored."

THE HEIRESS > Directed by Moisés Kaufman > Walter Kerr Theater > Hasta Febrero 10 > HEIRESS.



THE HEIRESS is the story of Catherine Sloper, the shy and sheltered daughter of a prominent New Yorker. Caught between the demands of an emotionally distant father and the attentions of a passionate young suitor, Catherine must navigate the terrain of love and regret, desire and duty, a chance for happiness and the burden of fortune…as only an heiress can.
Jessica Chastain (Academy Award® nominee for The Help) makes her Broadway debut alongside David Strathairn (Academy Award® nominee for Good Night, and Good Luck), Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey) and Judith Ivey (two-time Tony Award® winner), in the Tony Award®-winning play, THE HEIRESS. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and directed by Tony Award®-nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman, this compelling drama will run for an 18-week limited engagement.

* The Book Of Mormon > by Trey Parker, Robert López y Matt Stone. Teatro Eugene O'Neill >> MORMON.



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Bésame Mucho > Una antología musical de canciones compuestas por mujeres latinoamericanas > De Pablo Zinger > Enero 20 | Febrero 9, 17, 23 | Marzo 24 > Bésame.


Pablo Zinger, director musical de zarzuelas y antologías musicales de Repertorio Español, regresa a la compañía con un nuevo programa que celebra las contribuciones musicales de compositoras latinoamericanas. La antología incluye adoradas canciones tales como “Bésame mucho”, “Dos gardenias”, “Júrame”, “Cachito”, “Olas y arena” y “Gracias a la vida” interpretadas por extraordinarias voces con música en vivo.
Algunas de las compositoras cuyas canciones forman parte del programa, incluyen Sylvia Rexach (Puerto Rico), María Grever y Consuelo Velásquez (México), Isolina Carrillo y Ernestina Lecuona (Cuba), Chabuca Granda (Perú), Violeta Parra (Chile) y Eladia Blázquez y María Elena Walsh (Argentina).

El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera > El gran estreno de una nueva obra basada en la afamada novela de GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ > Enero 15 y 18 | Febrero 8, 12 y 16 > Repertorio Español > AMOR.

Escrita por Caridad Svich y dirigida por José Zayas, el mismo dúo que nos trajo las adaptaciones de Julia Álvarez, "En el tiempo de las mariposas" e Isabel Allende, "La casa de los espíritus".
Una lírica obra teatral repleta de imágenes dramáticas que se enfoca en la extraordinaria historia de amor entre un hombre con inclinaciones poéticas llamado Florentino Ariza y una mujer sensual, práctica y evasiva llamada Fermina Daza. La acción de la obra atraviesa cincuenta años y la historia se presenta en una serie de escenas repletas de movimiento, poesía, canciones y momentos de exuberante dramatismo. Un audaz tour-de-force teatral para cuatro actores.

En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas > Enero 19, 25 y 29 | Febrero 10 y 14 > En Repertorio Español.

En el tiempo de las mariposas. Photo Michael Palma.

“In The Time of the Butterflies” is the story of the courageous Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva and María Teresa) from the Dominican Republic. The sisters inspired resistance cells throughout the country against the dictatorial regime of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. The ‘butterflies’, their secret code name, were brutally murdered by the regime in 1960.
Based on Julia Álvarez’s popular novel, the martyred butterflies come to vibrant life in a warm, brilliant, and dramatic production by the talented duo – playwright Caridad Svich and director José Zayas– that brought us the critically acclaimed production of Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits” in 2009.

Entrada Gratis* > Gratis no hay nada > De Saulo García > Enero 26 y 27 | Marzo 1, 2 y 3 > Repertorio Español > Gratis.


Un hilarante monólogo de Saulo García el dotado comediante que nos trajo “La vida en los Esclavos Unidos” y “El insomnio americano”. En Entrada Gratis* Saulo se aventura a hablar de temas tabúes como la política, la muerte, la mentira conyugal y las relaciones entre padres e hijos para entregarnos un espectáculo que destaca tanto por una frecuencia vertiginosa de risas, como por una sabiduría que no acusa ni da lecciones, pero señala, reflexiona y termina por conmover.
+ Also at El Repertorio:
- La Gringa > Enero 17 | Febrero 13, 19 | Marzo 7 y 9.

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