Ivan Hernandez Will Step Into Title Role of Paul Simon's The Capeman

News   Ivan Hernandez Will Step Into Title Role of Paul Simon's The Capeman
Ivan Hernandez has been cast in the central role of Salvador Agrón in the Public Theater's concert staging of Paul Simon's The Capeman, which will be staged by Tony Award nominee Diane Paulus at the Delacorte Theater.
Ivan Hernandez
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Hernandez, who appeared Off-Broadway in Yank!, will star as the older Agrón (aka The Capeman), with the previously announced Anthony Lee Medina as Young Sal Agrón. Ruben Blades and Latin pop singer Marc Anthony originated the roles, respectively, on Broadway.

After staging Hair to acclaim in concert at the Delacorte in 2008 prior to its Tony-winning Broadway return, Tony Award nominee Paulus will direct the Paul Simon musical that will play a limited, three-performance run Aug. 14-16 at 8 PM.

The Capeman will also feature previously announced original Broadway cast members Luba Mason as Mrs. Young, Natascia Diaz as Esmerelda Agron, and ensemble members Myrna Lee Gomila, Frankie Negron and Elan Luz Rivera. Mason originated the role of Mrs. Krzesinski in the 1997 Broadway production. (The roles of Krzesinski/Young have been combined into one character for the Delacorte production).

The cast 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 will include Bryan Anthony, Xavier Cano, Nina LaFarga, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Cornell McKnight, Luis Salgado and Tanairi Vasquez. 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.

Following each performance, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Danny Rivera will offer a special encore.

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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