Havana Music Hall, a new musical about Cuba during the revolution, will hold invite-only industry presentations November 14 and 15 in New York City. The show, seen last year at the Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables, Florida, is aiming for Broadway.
Havana Music Hall features music, lyrics, and a story by Richard Kagan, who was inspired to write the musical following a trip to Cuba. The book is by Carmen Pelaez with direction by Elena Aaroz.
“When I visited Cuba, I was moved by these amazing musicians as well as hearing stories of what happened to them during the Cuban Revolution. Their stories stuck with me and inspired me to write this musical,” said Kagan.
The musical opens in 1958 at the Havana Music Hall. Husband-and-wife-team of Rolando and Ramona Calderon are on the verge of a breakthrough when the Revolution tears their world and their dreams apart. Decades later, we find the duo trying to forget the past in the now devastated Havana Music Hall, but others won’t let them.
Havana Music Hall features music supervision and orchestrations by Larry Blank, dance music arrangements and orchestrations by Oscar Hernandez, and music direction by Clay Ostwald. Sound design is by Lucas “Rico” Corrubia, and lyric translation and Cuban musicology is by Jose “Perrico” Hernandez. Vanessa Garcia is lyrics consultant, DR Theatrical Management serves as general manager, and casting is by Geoff Josselson Casting.
Visit Havanamusichall.com for more information.