GARDEL: THE TANGO SINGER BY JOHN R LACEY
On the 85th anniversary of Carlos Gardel’s tragic death, Anibal Silveyra reprises his role as the French/ Argentine singer (most recently from “Gardel’s Tango” production at the Zephyr Theatre), along with his lyricist/ screenwriter friend Alfredo Le Pera (aptly played by Agustin Coppola) whom he collaborated with on many of the most famous tango songs and Paramount Pictures films. In addition, Daniel Edward Keough returns (from “The Tango Singer” original production at Theatre West) as tango Maestro Jose’ “Pepe” Razzano, the crooner’s partner and manager, as well as the vivacious tobacco millionairess Sara Baron Watkins, who bankrolls the star’s success throughout Europe & Latin-America, played by the vivacious Sara T. Ballantine. Joining this great original cast, we add the talents of Deanne Mencher (also from Theatre West) as Maman, Gardel’s french single mother and Mariana Jacazio (from the Strasberg Institute) as Carlos’ lifelong love from the barrio in Buenos Aires. In addition, Alberto Favero takes over as Musical Director to realize the score with some new original songs recovered from Gardel & Le Pera. John Lacey (from The Actors Studio West Directors Unit) directs his play via ZOOM, which will be live-streamed for the first time via YouTube for an international audience.
“The story of Carlos Gardel is certainly desirable for the stage.”
Theatre Notes hearty laughs break up the drama." -Discover Hollywood Magazine
“The play revolves dizzingly around Gardel drinking, betting and womanizing!” -People’s World, LatinX Theatre: Leading Edge of L.A. Arts Scene
“If you’re a fan of 1940s MGM biopics shown late at night on AMC, you’ll be a fan of Gardel… Playwright Lacey’s play moves at workmanlike pace
“Lacey’s TANGO showcases for real-life, turn-of-the-century international film star Carlos Gardel… (his) climb to fame” -Broadway World L.A.
“This play shows tango in its peak form” -Accessibly Live Off-Line
“GARDEL resembles a series of stylized expressions associated with silent film stars” -Stage Raw
“Act One at Turn of the Twentieth Century (Bs As) and Act Two in Paris’ Roaring Twenties… brought sense to what Gardel accomplished.” -Haines His Way
“GARDEL tells the story of the short life of composer, singer, musical innovator and international film star Carlos Gardel” – L.A. Theatre Beat, Scene L.A.
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