Spain, a country where musical theatre has never been traditional, is at present flooded with many musical productions that are filling the theatres in a way they never have before.
Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, West Side Story, The Fantastiks, The Pirates, Assassins, are a few of the shows being performed in the theatres of Madrid and Barcelona, which have become Spain's real musical capitals. Even though Barcelona was already theatrically established, Madrid is now competing to lead the country's musical performances.
Les Miserables, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Goya the Musical as well as Spanish Theatre Company Dagoll Dagom's creations have attained considerable success, which is now encouraging producers to set new musicals on stage.
Among these we should point out Luis Ramirez, a young engineer from Madrid, producer of Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd, who has recently signed an agreement with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to perform, in Spain and in Spanish, all the shows by the Really Useful Company and who is building a huge new theatre in Madrid that is to be entirely dedicated to musical theatre.
Ramirez is now preparing the premiere of The Phantom of the Opera, which is going to be performed in Spanish for the first time. One of the pioneer companies in this genre is Dagoll Dagom, who is performing The Pirates by Gilbert and Sullivan in Barcelona and have staged many Cole Porter shows.
--By Carlos Lorenzo Spain Correspondent