Original Broadway Cast Members Will Return for Paul Simon's Capeman in Central Park
By Adam Hetrick
Original Broadway cast members Natascia Diaz, Luba Mason, Myrna Lee Gomila, Frankie Negron and Elan Luz Rivera have been cast in the Public Theater's free staging of Paul Simon's 1997 musical The Capeman, which will begin performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park Aug. 14.
As previously reported by Playbill.com, Mason, who originated the role of Mrs. Krzesinski in the Broadway production of Capeman, will reprise her performance in that role. Diaz will assume the role of Esmerelda Agron (she originally played Yolanda). Original ensemble members Gomila, Negron and Rivera will also return.
Anthony Lee Medina will portray Young Sal Agrón (aka the Capeman) in the role that was originated by Latin singer Marc Anthony. The role of older Salvador Agrón, originally played by Ruben Blades, has not been cast.
The Capeman will also feature Obie Bermudez as Umbrella Man (aka Tony Hernandez), Nicole Lequerica as Aurea Agron, Jorge Maldonado as Reverend Gonzalez and Abraham Rodriguez as Santero.
The ensemble includes Bryan Anthony, Xavier Cano, Nina LaFarga, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Cornell McKnight, Luis Salgado and Tanairi Vasquez.
As previously reported, Tony Award nominee Diane Paulus, who first staged her Tony-winning revival of Hair as a concert presentation at the Delacorte prior to its Broadway return, will helm the musical that will run for three performances through Aug. 16 at 8 PM.
Following each performance, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Danny Rivera will offer a special encore.
Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, The Addams Family) will choreograph the concerts that will feature Grammy winner Oscar Hernandez leading a 12-piece orchestra. Hernandez also served as musical director for the Broadway run of Capeman.
The Capeman will have scenic consultation by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.
Simon wrote the score for the doo-wop, gospel and Latin-flaired musical. With a libretto by Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, The Capeman tells the true life story of Salvador Agron, a Puerto Rican gang member who murdered two teen-agers in the late 1950s, then underwent a conversion as a poet while in prison.
The Capeman ran only 68 performances on Broadway, earning Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations and Best Scenic Design.
Free tickets for The Capeman will be distributed in the same manner as all Shakespeare in the Park productions. The Public is also making reserved seats available for patrons wishing to donate $175 per ticket. Limited priority seating, ranging $250-$500, is also available for the Aug. 16 performance and post-performance reception. Paid tickets are limited as a majority of seats are made available to the general public at no cost.
To reserve phone (212) 967-7555. For further details visit PublicTheater.
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