September 3, 1989 |
In the late 1940s, the jazz scene from 52nd Street to Harlem blazed with the innovations of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk. Be-bop was the language spoken in the halls of jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, introduced to Afro-Cuban rhythm, incorporated the sound into his music and cu-bop--as they called it--became a part of the jazz repertoire. But even without the help of be-bop, Latin music exploded on its own.
June 1, 2005 |
"The Mambo Kings" has found its new Fernando Perez. David Alan Grier will portray the nightclub impresario in the Broadway-bound musical opening Aug. 18. He replaces Billy Dee Williams, who withdrew from the production because of an aggravated hip condition. Also starring in the musical, which is based on Oscar Hijuelos' novel and begins preview performances July 20 at the Broadway Theatre in New York, are Esai Morales, Jaime Camil, Albita and Justina Machado.
June 28, 2005 |
"The Mambo Kings" has had its last dance. The lavish $12-million musical will not open on Broadway in August, calling it quits Monday after a critically panned tryout engagement in San Francisco that ended June 19. The musical starred Esai Morales and Jaime Camil as brothers who leave 1950s Havana for the glamorous world of New York nightclubs. Also in the cast were David Alan Grier, Christiane Noll, Latin Grammy winner Albita and Justina Machado.
March 19, 2005 |
Billy Dee Williams, Esai Morales, Latin Grammy-winner Albita and Justina Machado will star in "The Mambo Kings," a new Broadway musical about two Cuban brothers and their journey from 1950s Havana to the posh nightclubs of Manhattan. The musical opens Aug. 18 at the Broadway Theatre. Preview performances begin July 20. "The Mambo Kings" will play an out-of-town engagement at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre, May 24-June 19.
October 8, 1989
Regarding Grace Edwards-Yearwood's review of Oscar Hijuelos' "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" (Book Review, Sept. 3): I am Cuban-born, and when I was a student at Havana University, I threw rocks at the Batista police. Edwards-Yearwood is incorrect, however, in stating that in Batista's Cuba, "White musicians entered through one door and mulatto and black musicians entered through another." I don't know if this statement is in Hijuelos' novel, but in any case there is a need for a correction.
March 1, 1992 |
Salsa nights in clubs like Santa Monica's 5th Av. and Encino's Hola! Barcelona often start with a dance lesson or two, then heat up fast. In a blur of lights, live music and high-energy mambo and merengue, women shimmy in dresses covered with ruffles, fringe, lace and sequins. Their partners sizzle in wide-shouldered jackets, baggy pants and colorful shirts.
April 5, 2013 |
Sandra Cisneros' first novel, "The House on Mango Street," has sold more than 5 million copies. A coming-of-age story, it's that rare book that can be assigned to grade-school children and college students, and it's been translated into several languages (the Spanish translation was the work of the great Mexican essayist, journalist and novelist Elena Poniatowska). But Cisneros first published "The House on Mango Street" in 1984 (with the University of Houston-based Arte Publico Press )
November 28, 2004 |
Tired of stage musicals inspired by movies and pop catalogs? Maybe reality TV series will be the next fertile source of material. Last year, "Jerry Springer -- The Opera" led the way in London. And although its U.S. premiere in San Francisco was recently scratched as its creators were preoccupied elsewhere, it has been announced that "The Opera" will return to its roots on TV. BBC2 is shooting a performance of the musical -- to be televised, four-letter words intact, in January.