A one-night-only concert and limited-entry musical hits New York stages this week, created and performed by a talented roster of Latin American musical theater artists. Both promise to be must-see shows inspired by memorable real-life stories, events and cultural traditions.
A list of songs from the new musical in development Désaparecidasdesigned by Jaime Lozano, Florencia Cuenca and Rachel Stevens, will premiere at Joe’s Pub on Monday, March 28. With music by Lozano, lyrics by Lozano and Cuenca, arrangements and orchestrations by Lozano and Jesús Altamira, and musical direction by Jhoely Garay, the concert will feature performances by Cuenca, Sonia de los Santos, Aline Mayagoitia, Majo Rivero, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and more.
An eclectic group of local organizers gather for a secret gathering, but when a young newcomer stumbles upon their midnight wake the day before her quinceañera, she’s forced to consider an identity beyond her supposed destiny. Told through the lens of Mexican folklore, the show celebrates the individual lives of women in Ciudad Juárez, explores their systematic oppression, and highlights the challenge of embracing honored cultural customs while fighting for autonomy and an end to poverty. gender-based violence and murder in a dangerous world of machismo.
Désaparecidas plays Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC. For tickets (priced at $20, plus two drinks or $12 food minimum per person), meet in line. Everyone must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster, along with photo ID, to enter the building and must wear a mask inside when not eating or drinking not actively.
After a record run at Arizona’s Phoenix Theater Company, the new musical Americans ! is coming to New York for a limited twelve-week Off-Broadway engagement, March 31 through June 19, at New World Stages. With an original score by acclaimed singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez (Lolanamed one of NPR’s 50 best albums of the year), additional lyrics by Barnard and Rosenberg, a book by Michael Barnard, Jonathan Rosenberg and Fernanda Santos, choreography by Sergio Mejia, and an almost all-Latino cast, it recounts the true story of the life and accomplishments of American dreamer and hero Tony Valdovinos, with topical themes on immigration, refugee advocacy and voting empowerment for minority communities.
Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Tony, inspired by the events of 9/11, focused on the goal of enlisting in the Marines when he turned 18.and birthday. But when he tries, he discovers that he is an undocumented immigrant. With courage, determination and the help of his family and community, Tony finds a new mission that can make history, create good and inspire change, challenging preconceptions and reminding us that the strength of America has always been its hollow culture of enterprising immigrants. .
Americans ! plays Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, June 19, 2022, at New World Stages, 340 West 50and Street, New York. For tickets (starting at $49), call (212) 239-6200 or drop by in line. Proof of vaccinations and boosters, photo ID and a properly fitted mask are required.