Five Guys Named Moe, meet Four Guys Named Jose..and una Mujer named Maria. The new Latin musical, which first debuted Off Broadway April 21, returns to New York, this time setting up a home at the Blue Angel Theatre — and with a superstar producer to boot. Performances begin Aug. 25 for a Sept. 18 opening.
Grammy Award-winning latin pop star Enrique Iglesias will help mount this second staging alongside his friend Dasha Epstein (Ain't Misbehavin', Children of a Lesser God). In a statement, the sexy singer of the megahit "Bailamos" noted his immediate interest in 4 Guys as soon as Epstein brought it to him. "4 Guys sends a positive message about our great cultural heritage. Everyone should come see it," he is quoted as saying.
The four Joses of the title are Senors Cubano, Dominicano, Mexicano and Boricua, funny, charming guys who have spent all their money to put on a show that will not only portray their cultures in a positive light, but also launch them into superstardom. They don't, however, count on falling for their lovely leading lady, Maria. A live Latin band, led by musical supervisor and arranger Oscar Hernandez (The Capeman), plays the classic baladas, boleros, cha-chas, mambos, merengue and salsa songs that serve for the musical's score.
Starring in Jose are Phillip Anthony, Allen Hidalgo, Henry Gainza and Ricardo Puente with former Miss Florida and Miss America finalist Lisette Gonzalez as Maria.
Richard Rogers Award winner Susana Tubert directs. Joining her is choreographer Maria Torres (currently starring in Swing!). The Blue Angel's current tenant, Our Sinatra, will move to the Reprise Room at Dillon's Restaurant in mid-August.
Tickets are $47.50-$35. The Blue Angel Theater is located at 323 West 44th Street. For tickets, call (212) 239-6240.
-- By Christine Ehren