Repertorio Español commissioned Jorge Alí Triana, the distinguished Theater, Film and TV Director from Colombia, and Verónica Triana to prepare an original musical adaptation of Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa's novel Pantaleón y las visitadoras (Captain Pantoja and the Special Service). The adaptation includes music by multiple Grammy Nominee, composer, singer and pop sensation Andrés Cabas. Cabas has created a score infused with tropical rythms which transmit the essence of the Amazonian region, where the play is set. The lyrics are by Jorge Alí Triana and Verónica Triana and choreography by Sunilda Caraballo from the off-Broadway production of Celia: The Musical.
In Pantaleón y las visitadoras (Captain Pantoja and The Special Service,) the Peruvian Army recruits Captain Pantaleón Pantoja, a model soldier, a man of integrity and a good husband, for an outlandish mission: to create and manage a Special Service of "visitors" to fulfill the troop's necessities and to put an end to the rapes of local women by the garrison. Even though it is everything against his moral code, Captain Pantoja is a consummate soldier and the visiting service quickly becomes the most efficient branch of the armed forces.
Captain Pantoja's official progress reports are filled with military statistics and jargon which often become the story's funniest moments. Based on true events, the story questions and satirizes the moral standards of the government, the bourgeois and the army. The novel was seen as a provocation by the Peruvian Government which prohibited the filming of the original movie adaptation in 1974. A second movie adaptation, this time in Perú, was directed by Francisco Lombardi in 1999.
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