Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of the new musical Havana Music Hall, this fall in Miami, Florida. The exciting new show centers around the lives of Havana Music Hall’s best-known musicians who are just about to get their big break before Fidel Castro seizes power. Havana Music Hall will play Actors’ Playhouse October 10–November 18, 2018.
Set in 1958 Cuba, the highly-anticipated new musical tells the story of husband and wife musical team Rolando and Ramona Calderon, who are on the verge of breaking through to the world’s stage when the Cuban Revolution tears apart the only life they’ve ever known. Almost sixty years later, the couple tries to forget the past in the now-devastated Havana Music Hall, but others won’t let them. Directed and choreographed by Maria Torres (On Your Feet!), Havana Music Hall features a book by Carmen Pelaez (Rum & Coke) and original music and lyrics by Richard Kagan.
Featuring vibrant original songs that will have audiences dancing in the aisles – including “Escape to Havana,” “Place of My Birth,” “Todo Es Bueno en Cuba” and “I Have My Voice,” – this high-energy new musical captures the pain and joy of the immigrant experience like nothing before, bringing audiences inside the famed Havana Music Hall as hearts break and spirits soar against all odds.
“I was always interested in Cuban music and culture when I was younger after studying Spanish in college and visiting Puerto Rico,” said Richard Kagan, creator of Havana Music Hall. “When I first visited Cuba, I was moved by these amazing musicians and hearing stories of what happened to them during the Cuban Revolution. Their stories stuck with me and inspired me to write this musical for all immigrants.”
Actors’ Playhouse Executive Producing Director Barbara Stein and Artistic Director and Havana Music Hall Consultant David Arisco are delighted to bring this exciting world premiere that captures the power of life, the joy of music and the humanity of friends and family to Miami audiences.
The creative team for Havana Music Hall includes Lyric Translation by Cuban Musicologist Jose “Perico” Hernandez, Music Supervisor Larry Blank, Music Director Manny Schvartzman, Dramaturg Carmen Rivera, Set Design by Paul Tate dePoo III, Costume Design by Ann Closs-Farley, additional Casting by Binder Casting, and Acting Consultant Seán Griffin.
Casting will be announced at a later date
Preview performances will be held October 10 – 18, 2018. The show will open on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8 p.m. and the final performance takes place November 18, 2018. Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Actors’ Playhouse Artistic Director David Arisco will lead a group discussion with the cast following the performance on October 26, 2018 as part of the company’s “Second Fridays” series.
For more information and the latest updates, visit www.havanamusichall.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram @HavanaMusicHall.
Founded by Dr. Lawrence E. Stein, and under the leadership of Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein and Artistic Director David Arisco, Actors’ Playhouse is an award-winning nonprofit regional professional theatre company celebrating 30 years of excellence. Located in the historic Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables, Actors’ Playhouse is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization and one of 13 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. The company produces five Mainstage and four professional Children’s Theatre productions annually, a year-round Theatre Conservatory and Summer Camp Program, educational arts outreach programs, and the Young Talent Big Dreams countywide youth talent contest in partnership with The Children’s Trust. www.actorsplayhouse.org.