NEW YORK CITY: Playbill and the Broadway League have announced ¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices, a digital concert in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. The event, hosted by Andréa Burns, will premiere on Playbill.com, Playbill’s YouTube channel, and on the Broadway League’s website on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.
The special event, directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, will honor the legacy that Latinx artists have contributed to the theatre with their performances. The concert will feature appearances by Lucie Arnaz, Gloria Estefan, John Leguizamo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda, Chita Rivera, Thalía, and more.
Performers will include members of the original cast of In the Heights, including Karen Olivo, Andréa Burns, Janet Dacal, Olga Merediz, Carlos Gomez, and Luis Salgado. There will also be performances from Broadway-bound musicals and new works, including John Leguizamo’s Kiss My Aztec, Arrabal, and Passing Through. The concert will also offer a look at the first Spanish-language production of A Chorus Line.
Additional performers for the concert include Melissa Barrera (the In the Heights film), Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), Florencia Cuenca (A Never Ending Line), Ariana DeBose (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Robin de Jesús (The Boys in the Band), Raúl Esparza (Company), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Raúl Gonzalez (“¡Despierta América!”), Ivan Hernandez (Dear Evan Hansen), Mauricio Martinez (On Your Feet!), Bianca Marroquín (Chicago), Shereen Pimentel (West Side Story), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Anna in the Tropics), Philippa Stefani (On Your Feet!), Angélica Vale (La Fea Más Bella) and Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!).
Proceeds from the concert will support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway Bridges, an initiative that aims to give every New York City public high school student the opportunity to see a Broadway show before graduation. ¡Viva Broadway! is produced by Jack Noseworthy, written by Eric Ulloa, and features arrangements and music direction by Jaime Lozano, sound design by Jorge Muelle and Jessica Paz, and instrumentals by Alex Lacamoire, Oscar Hernandez, and Michelle Rodriguez and Julio Copello. Luis Salgado will serve as the associate director/choreographer.
A just and thriving theatre ecology begins with information for all. If you are able, please join us in this mission by making a donation. As we reckon with the impact of COVID-19, the theatre field needs committed and nuanced journalism. Free and unlimited access to AmericanTheatre.org is one way that we and our publisher, Theatre Communications Group, are eliminating barriers to crucial resources during this crisis. When you support American Theatre and TCG, you support these emergency resources and our long legacy of quality nonprofit arts journalism. Click here to make your fully tax-deductible donation today!