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Viva Broadway is a national Broadway League audience development partnership with the Hispanic community that helps bridge the world of Broadway with Latinx audiences around the country. This long-term initiative aims to celebrate Latinx talent and increase awareness of and engagement with Broadway. Viva Broadway embraces media and education initiatives, concerts, events and promotions, career development programs, and more.
Viva Broadway is a program of The Broadway League.
Playbill and The Broadway League 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 8PM ET and remain available for viewing until Monday October 5 at 8PM 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 include a look at the first Spanish-language production of A Chorus Line, featuring a performance by Academy, Emmy and Tony Award® nominee Antonio Banderas.
In the Heights original Broadway cast members Christopher Jackson, Nina LaFarga, Eliseo Román and Seth Stewart will join the previously announced original cast members Karen Olivo, Andréa Burns, Janet Dacal, Olga Merediz, Carlos Gomez and Luis Salgado for a special performance with Anthony Ramos, star of the upcoming In the Heights film adaptation.
¡Viva Broadway! will also feature appearances by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project), Matthew López (The Inheritance), Josh Segarra (On Your Feet!) and Benjamin Velez (Kiss My Aztec!), in addition to previously announced participants Lucie Arnaz, Gloria Estefan, John Leguizamo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda, Chita Rivera, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Thalía.
¡Viva Broadway! will include performances from Broadway-bound musicals and new works including Arrabal, Passing Through and John Leguizamo’s Kiss My Aztec!, featuring Angelica Beliard (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Chad Carstarphen (Between the Bars), KC de la Cruz (Smokey Joe’s Café), Zachary Infante (Alice By Heart), Yani Marin (“Empire”), Jesús E. Martínez (Call Me Esteban Only), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Soft Power), Joél Pérez (Fun Home), Al Rodrigo (House of Sand and Fog), Desireé Rodriguez (“The Village”) and Richard Henry Ruiz (Drift).
Additional performers for the concert include Yassmin Alers (On Your Feet!), Natalie Caruncho (On Your Feet!), Henry Gainza (In the Heights), Linedy Genao (Dear Evan Hansen National Tour), Carlos E. Gonzalez (West Side Story), Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (Hadestown), Christopher Hernandez (On Your Feet!), Emmanuel López Alonso (“Russian Doll”), Omar Lopez-Cepero (The Unsinkable Molly Brown), Hector Maisonet (On Your Feet!), Anthony Lee Medina (“The I-Land”), Marielys Molina (On Your Feet!), Doreen Montalvo (Mrs. Doubtfire), Christie Prades (On Your Feet!), Carmen Sanchez (On Your Feet! National Tour), Martín Solá (On Your Feet!), Eric Ulloa (On Your Feet!), Vajen Van Den Bosch (On Your Feet!) and Tanairi Sade Vasquez (Hamilton).
Stay tuned for more information.
Viva Broadway Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with “El Conjunto” Concert Series Hosted by Ana Villafañe
Viva Broadway presented a special Hispanic Heritage Month celebration concert series hosted by Broadway actress and singer Ana Villafañe, known for her role as Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet! The Musical – The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan and NBC’s “Sunnyside” and “New Amsterdam.” The cabaret style concert series titled “El Conjunto” took place at the W Living Room Times Square.
Viva Broadway kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month in Times Square
The Broadway League celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a free outdoor celebration sponsored by Charter and the Hispanic Federation with the support of the Times Square Alliance and Clear Channel Outdoor on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in Duffy Square. The free outdoor celebration was hosted by singer, actress and National Viva Broadway Ambassador Bianca Marroquin.
The program included performances from current and recent Broadway stars including Kathryn Allison, Ashley De la Rosa, Enrique Segura, Mariand Torres and Ana Villafañe known for her role as Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet! The Musical – The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. In addition, Mandy Gonzalez performed her new single Amor Sin Fronteras, from the album and book, Fandango at the Wall.
Viva Broadway kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month in Times Square
The Broadway League kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special free outdoor celebration. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo (Latin History for Morons) co-hosted the festivities. The program included special guest appearances and performances from current and past Broadway stars including Ana Villafañe and cast members from On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, Rodney Ingram (The Phantom of the Opera), Emma Pfaeffle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, pictured above in photo by Jeremy Daniel).
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine: A Benefit Concert for Viva Broadway
Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (pictured at left, photo by Jeremy Daniel) returned to New York City to perform a special concert comprising their greatest hits including: “Get On Your Feet,” “Conga,” “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Mi Tierra,” and more. The concert was directed by Sergio Trujillo.
West Side Story Screening with Rita Moreno
As part of "Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda," Viva Broadway and the United Palace of Cultural Arts in Washington Heights hosted a conversation with Rita Moreno and a screening of West Side Story, the 1961 film based on the legendary Broadway musical of the same title.
Panel: The Growing Influence of Latinos Working on Broadway (pictured: the panelists)
Viva Broadway, AARP and the New York Times presented a panel discussion that included playwright Quiara Alegría-Hudes, performer Gabriela Garcia, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, performer Luis Salgado and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, moderated by the Times's Tanzina Vega.
View video highlights of this panel below.
In the Heights: In Concert (pictured at left: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company)
Viva Broadway joined with 5000 Broadway Productions and the United Palace of Cultural Arts to present a one-night-only concert in Washington Heights. Lin-Manuel Miranda and original cast members of In the Heights reunited to perform a concert version of the 2008 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical. The event raised $92,000 for the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and family theatregoing initiatives including the League's Family First Nights program.
Viva Broadway Fiesta
Broadway fans and artists gathered at Copacabana in this free, pre-theatre party sponsored by Latin Trends magazine and Chivas Regal that helped kick off Broadway Week 2013.
Panel Highlights: The Growing Influence of Latinos Working on Broadway