Teatro Latea, a 40-year-old staple of Latin culture on the Lower East Side, is teaming up with the Latiné Musical Theater Lab, a brand new organization committed to promoting new musicals by Latin writers, to present excerpts from four new musicals for their first “4xLatino” Event.
This collaboration features excerpts from new and in-development works. The works were chosen through an open submission and selection process, and more than a dozen submissions were received in English and Spanish from writers across the country.
The four shows featured are: The Boogie Down Gospel (book, lyrics and music by Jessica Carmona, additional music by Jose Joaquin Garcia, musical arrangement and direction by Jose Joaquin Garcia and Johnny and Joaquin Ali, and Jesse Myerson); Arena: A House Music-al (book by Abel Alvarado, lyrics by Gabrielle Maldonado, music by Ben Larson, with additional songs by Daniel Sugimoto and Caroline Benzon); Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido (book and lyrics by Elisa Gonzales, additional music and lyrics by Moises Vázquez); and Keep Me in Mind (book, music and lyrics by Simón Gómez Villegas, additional lyrics by José Luna.)
This one-night-only presentation will take place in person at Teatro Latea (107 Suffolk St, NY, NY) on Tuesday, April 12. The curtain is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. Proof of vaccination is required to enter the theater.
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4xLatin: ¡ahora! directs Jessica Carmona, Julia Rosa Sosa and Brenda Luz Orellana, musical direction by Walter Bobby McCoy and José Joaquin Garcia, direction by Makenzie Gomez and stars Michael Jones, Nyseli Vega, Jennica Carmona-Arandia, John Cencio Burgos, Kat Rodriguez, Camille Corinne, Ariana Valdes, Juan Danner, Isaiah Rosales, Celena Morgan, Maya Bassuk, Luis Ramos, La La Wiggy, Denisse Estefany Mendoza and Shelby Acosta. Jesse Myerson and Benjamin J. Samuelson complete the team of musicians.
The Latiné Musical Theater Lab, LLC is a New York-based organization with a national footprint that develops, produces, and advocates for new works of musical theater written in Latin. In an industry that historically has had no place for us, our goal is to create strong opportunities for Latin artists and dramatically change who can tell musical stories on stages across the country.
Teatro LATEA (Latin American Theater Experiment Associates) is a performing arts theater company that has been a fixture in Latin culture for over 30 years. Through multicultural and multidisciplinary initiatives at The Clemente, which she helped establish, LATEA assiduously promotes and produces Latino performing arts to and for Latinos and multicultural audiences.