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The Broadway League & Playbill Present ¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices in Celebration of Latinx Heritage Month

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • August 27, 2020

The Broadway League and Playbill are proud to present ¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices, a digital concert in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, as well as Latinx milestones in theatre, featuring an extraordinary roster of award-winning stage and screen Latinx talent. Hosted by Andréa Burns (In the Heights, On Your Feet!), the concert will premiere on Playbill.com, Playbill’s YouTube Channel, and on The Broadway League’s website (Viva.Broadway) on Thursday October 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET and remain available for viewing until Monday October 5, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices will salute the vibrant, lasting legacy that Latinx artists have contributed and continue to give to Broadway and the entire theatre community while showcasing Latinx talent in an effort to continue to increase representation throughout the industry.

Directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Ain’t Too Proud), this theatrical event will feature appearances by a roster of award winners and nominees, including Lucie Arnaz, Gloria Estefan, John Leguizamo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda, Chita Rivera, and Thalía.

The event will include a performance from members of the original cast of In the Heights, including Karen Olivo, Andréa Burns, Janet Dacal, Olga Merediz, Carlos Gomez and Luis Salgado; as well as performances from Broadway-bound musicals and new works including John Leguizamo’s Kiss My Aztec; Arrabal; Passing Through; and a look at the first Spanish-language production of A Chorus Line.

Additional performers for the concert include Melissa Barrera (In the Heights film), Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”), Florencia Cuenca (A Never Ending Line), Ariana DeBose (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Robin de Jesús (The Boys in the Band), Raúl Esparza (Company), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Raúl Gonzalez (“¡Despierta América!”), Ivan Hernandez (Dear Evan Hansen), Mauricio Martinez (On Your Feet!), Bianca Marroquín (Chicago), Shereen Pimentel (West Side Story), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Anna in the Tropics), Philippa Stefani (On Your Feet!), Angélica Vale (“La Fea  Más Bella”) and Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!).

¡Viva Broadway! is produced by Jack Noseworthy, written by Eric Ulloa, and features arrangements and music direction by Jaime Lozano, sound design by Jorge Muelle and Jessica Paz, and instrumentals by national and international musicians including Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire, Oscar Hernandez and Michelle Rodriguez & Julio Copello. Luis Salgado is the associate director/choreographer.

Viva Broadway is The Broadway League’s national audience development partnership with the Latinx community that helps bridge the world of Broadway with Latinx audiences across the country.

Proceeds from the concert will support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway Bridges.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (broadwaycares.org) helps provide healthy meals, lifesaving medication and emergency assistance at social service organizations supporting Latinx communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, as well as championing Broadway’s own R.Evolución Latina. VIP donor opportunities available at broadwaycares.org/vivabroadway.

Broadway Bridges® (BroadwayBridges.org) mission is to give every New York City public high school student the chance to see a Broadway show before graduation. Broadway Bridges is a program of The Broadway League in partnership with the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects and the United Federation of Teachers. It represents Broadway’s commitment to New York City, its students, and Broadway’s future audience and workforce.

 

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