Revolutionary Musical Zapata! Will Receive New York Readings With a Cast of Broadway Veterans

News   Revolutionary Musical Zapata! Will Receive New York Readings With a Cast of Broadway Veterans
 
Zapata! The Musical, described as an Evita for the 21st century, will receive industry-only readings in New York City April 15-16.

Enrique Acevedo
Enrique Acevedo

Presented by Luke Caliente Productions, Zapata! features music and lyrics by Peter Edwards and a book by Peter and Ana Edwards.

J. Scott Lapp will direct a cast that includes Enrique Acevedo as Emiliano Zapata along with Andrea Goss, Marco Zunino, Natalie Toro, Tony Chiroldes, Javier Ignacio, Blanca Carnacho, Victor Hernandez, Jennifer Sanchez, Jen Anaya, Erin Maya, Vanessa Diaz, Joline Mujica, Jordan Deleon, Joshua Cavanaugh, Nick Devito and Marco Santiago.

"Emiliano Zapata was one of the leading figures in the Mexican Revolution," press notes state. "One hundred years ago in a village outside Mexico City, the people enlisted a reluctant, young Zapata to help reclaim their stolen ancestral lands. Battered by the conflicting passions of his enchanting wife, his hotheaded brother and a succession of corrupt presidents, Zapata must ultimately relinquish his love of peace to fight — and sacrifice — for a greater cause."

Edwards has written songs for Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson. Collaborating with his wife Ana, he has also written a series of popular children's books including "Miguelito and the Turtle,"  "Four Heads are Better Than One" and "A Gator Named Sonny."

Zapata! was previously produced in New York at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

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