Inspired by the unfinished memoir of the late modern dancer and choreographer, José Limón: The Making of an Artist features book and lyrics by Barbara Zinn Krieger and music by Charles Greenberg.
Brad Malow directs the premiere engagement, which will play the Bronx venue through Jan. 30. The musical will then travel to Manhattan's Symphony Space (Jan. 31-Feb. 4) and the Goldstein Theatre in Brooklyn (Feb. 5-13), prior to making its West Coast debut at Stanford Lively Arts (Feb. 18-19).
Diego Rodriguez stars in the title role with Talia Barzilay, Henry Gainza, Matt Leddy and Angela Stellute. The musical, according to press notes, concerns Limón's "exodus with his family to the United States at age 5 during the Mexican Civil War, through his struggle to find an artistic outlet and finally to his triumph as one of the greatest male dancers/choreographers of all time."
Presented by Making Books Sing, the production features choreography by Eric Jackson Bradley with designs by Jack Mehler (set design), Douglas Cox (lighting design), Bill Grady (sound design) and Tracy Christensen (costume design).
Limón, who died in 1972, is best known for his works The Moor's Pavane, There is a Time, Missa Brevis, Psalm and The Winged. In addition to founding his dance company in 1946, Limón was a faculty member in the Juilliard School's Dance Division beginning in 1953, and the director of Lincoln Center's American Dance Theatre from 1964-65. For tickets and further information, visit makingbookssing.