PHOTO CALL: Forever Tango Holds Special Performance and Press Event

News   PHOTO CALL: Forever Tango Holds Special Performance and Press Event
Luis Bravo's Forever Tango returned to Broadway for a ten-week run beginning July 9. In advance of a July 14 opening night, the cast performed and posed for photos at a Thursday press event.

The production features 16 tango dancers, one vocalist and an 11-piece orchestra.

Five-time Grammy Award winner Gilberto Santa Rosa is with the show through July 28. Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, from "Dancing With the Stars," are featured in the production through Aug. 11. 

Rosa has achieved 14 #1 hits on Billboard's Tropical Airplay Chart, numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums and five Grammy Awards. 

Smirnoff, a mirror ball champion, has won five U.S. National Championships, earned titles at the U.S. Open, Asian Open and U.K. Open and was ranked #2 in the world. She has starred in and contributed choreography for Broadway’s Burn the Floor, music videos, awards shows and films and recently starred with Marsha Mason in the film "Across Grace Alley." Chmerkovskiy's credits include Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas, Broadway's Burn the Floor and various television projects. He has launched one of the nation's leading Latin and ballroom dance studios, Dance with Me, which has four locations across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Forever Tango originally opened on Broadway in 1997, receiving numerous Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations. It returned to Broadway for a four-month engagement in 2004.

"Forever Tango is music, drama, culture, a way of life," press notes state. "The popularity of tango has exploded all over the world. Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango is a feeling that you dance. A story is channeled through the flick of the leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot, and the arch of an eyebrow. It’s passionate, yet melancholic. Tender, yet violent. You dance it with somebody, but it is so internal, you dance it by yourself."

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