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Anissa Gathers Set for Chicago Production of Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz logo
A scene from Celia
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Anissa Gathers will play the title role in Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre, March 18-21. Jaime Azpilicueta will direct the production, which will feature musical direction by Isidro Infante. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

The musical, written by Carmen Rivera and Candido Tirado, charts Cruz' life and music, from her humble beginnings in Cuba to her international superstardom, told through the eyes of her husband Pedro Knight. The show features many of the most famous songs from the singer's repertoire, including "Guantanamera", "Químbara," "Bemba Colora," "Cucala," and "La Vida Es Un Carnaval."

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