Four Guys Named Jose..and una Mujer named Maria will shutter in New York March 4 after two successful Off-Broadway runs. But that's not the end for the Latin musical hit, which is setting its sights on a spring Miami run.
Four Guys took their first bows April 21, 2000 at the John Houseman Theatre before settling more permanently at the Blue Angel. Performances began there Aug. 25, 2000 for a Sept. 18, 2000 opening.
Grammy Award-winning latin pop star Enrique Iglesias produced the 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 then current tenant, Our Sinatra, moved to the Reprise Room at Dillon's Restaurant in mid-August, 2000 where it is still playing.
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