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New Musical Havana Music Hall to Debut in Miami

Maria Torres will direct the world premiere of the musical, featuring music and lyrics by Richard Kagan and a book by Carmen Pelaez.

Maria Torres will direct the world premiere of Havana Music Hall in Miami.
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The new musical Havana Music Hall will make its world premiere in Miami at the Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, running October 10-November 18.

Havana Music Hall features music and lyrics by Richard Kagan and a book by Carmen Pelaez. It is described as follows: "Set in 1958 Cuba, the highly anticipated new musical tells the story of husband-and-wife musical team Rolando and Ramona Calderon, who are on the verge of breaking through to the world's stage when the Cuban Revolution tears apart the only life they've ever known. Almost 60 years later, the couple tries to forget the past in the now-devastated Havana Music Hall, but others won't let them."

Directed by Maria Torres, the creative team includes Cuban musicologist Jose "Perico" Hernandez (lyric translation), Larry Blank (music supervisor), Manny Schvartzman (music director), Carmen Rivera (dramaturg), Paul Tate dePoo III (set design), and Ann Closs-Farley (costume design).

Casting will be announced at a later date.

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