RENT in Cuba

Closes March 2015
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IN THE NEWS:

SunSentinel English S. Florida native reflects on production of 'Rent' in Cuba
NY Times English Cuba May Be Opening, but Business Travel Remains Limited
NY Times English Bringing ‘Rent’ to Cuba
BBC News English Cuba to stage Rent, first Broadway musical in 50 years
NBC News English In Havana, 'Rent' Rehearsals for 1st Broadway Musical in 50 Yrs
ABC News English Broadway Musical 'Rent' Opens in Havana
Playbill English Former Broadway Rent Cast Members Will Helm Spanish-Language Production in Cuba
Variety English New U.S.-Cuba Relations Open More Doors to Showbiz Exchange
Broadway.com English Viva La Vie Boheme! Rent Is Heading to Cuba, Helmed by Andy Senor
Reuters English Cuba to stage 'Rent' - first Broadway musical in more than 50 years
Miami Herald English Broadway in Havana: ‘Rent’ opens in Cuba led by Miami director
PRI English A Broadway musical opens in Havana for the first time in 50 years
The Independent (UK) English Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years
Caribbean Journal English Broadway Comes to Cuba
One America News English Broadway finds a new stage in an old venue: Cuba
Fox News English Cuba readies for its first Broadway musical in 55 years, and it will be 'Rent'
Sun Sentinal English 'Rent' the musical finds a home in Cuba
Deadline English Pulitzer-Prize Winning ‘Rent’ Will Play Havana For Christmas
Daily Mail (UK) English Broadway musical 'Rent' coming to Cuba
Musical Theatre Magazine English Nederlander to Produce RENT in Havana, the First Broadway Musical in Cuba in Over 50 Years
The Telegraph (UK) English Broadway crosses to Cuba - after 50 year absence
Tuvez English The Broadway Hit “Rent” Comes To Cuba
MSN English Cuba to stage 'Rent' - first Broadway musical in more than 50 years
Al Tahrir News English Cuba to host Broadway musical for first time in 50 years
Agence France Presse English Broadway musical 'Rent' coming to Cuba
Express Tribune Pakistan English Cuba to ‘Rent’ its first Broadway musical in 50 years
ABC (Australia) English Cuba to stage its first Broadway musical in more than 50 years when Rent begins three-month run
On Cuba Magazine English Rent and the musical theater in Cuba
Daily Mail (UK) English 'RENT' becomes first Broadway musical to open in Havana since 1959 as country celebrates normalization of relations with US
Newsday English American musical 'Rent' premieres in Havana, Cuba
Cuba Headlines English Rent, another way to improve relations between Cuba and the United States
Los Angeles Times English Arts have been vital U.S.-Cuba link; the thaw will make them better
Cuba Headlines English Successful presentation of the musical Rent in Havana
Voxxi English RENT opens in Cuba for Christmas
Macro Insider English

Broadway in Havana: 'Rent' opens in Cuba led by Miami director

Cuba Escena Spanish COLABORACIÓN ES LA CLAVE, AFIRMA DIRECTIVO DE BROADWAY
Cuba SI Spanish EN CARTELERA: Rent, el musical
ACN Spanish Supera musical de Broadway Rent expectativas en la Habana
Radio Habana Spanish Musical de Broadway Rent supera expectativas en la Habana
CRI Spanish Broadway llega a La Habana
Granma Spanish La vida bohemia y la escena integral
La Jornada Spanish Abre Broadway nuevos mercados con gala de 'Rent' en Cuba
el Nuevo Herald Spanish Broadway regresa a La Habana con ‘Rent’
Cuba Debate Spanish Rent, otro puente cultural entre Cuba y Estados Unidos
Xinhua Spanish Spanish ESPECIAL: Broadway llega a La Habana
Prensa Latina Spanish Teatro cubano espera adquirir tecnologías
NPR Radio English A Spanish 'Rent' Marks Return Of Broadway Musicals To Havana
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Local10.com English South Floridian directs 'Rent' production in Havana

The Press Release:

Robert Nederlander, Jr. and Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment (NWE) (www.NederlanderWorld.com) announced today a new production of RENT to be mounted in Havana, Cuba. The production will open December 24, 2014 at the Bertolt Brecht Theatre in Havana for a planned three-month run. This Spanish language production is being produced in partnership with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts, and will be the first Broadway musical with a full cast, musicians and first-class production elements produced in the nation of Cuba in over 50 years. The new production is part of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment's ongoing mission to bring Broadway musicals to new and emerging markets around the globe.

Following the popular success of the Nederlander Worldwide production of Broadway Ambassadors-a concert featuring Norm Lewis, Capathia Jenkins, Rob Evan and Luba Mason performing classics from the Broadway songbook-at the Havana Theatre Festival in 2011, NWE was invited by the Cuban Ministry of Culture to present an authentic Broadway musical to Cuban audiences, featuring aspiring Cuban actors and musicians. The production joins leading Broadway creative team members with their Cuban counterparts and is a true collaboration and cultural exchange between the Broadway and Cuban cultural communities.

The Broadway creative team is led by Andy Señor, Jr., who will direct a company of 15 Cuban actors. Mr. Señor, a leading member of Broadway's Cuban American community, has a long RENT pedigree, first starring as "Angel" in RENT on Broadway and later as a protégé of original RENT director Michael Greif, including assistant directing the Off-Broadway production, and later directing productions of RENT in multiple markets around the world.

The Havana, Cuba production of RENT will also feature choreography by Marcus Paul James (who appeared in RENT on Broadway including the 2008 final performance film; Motown: The Musical) based on original Broadway choreography by Marlies Yearby, musical direction by Emmanuel Schvartzman (On Your Feet), sound design by Michael Catalan, and costume design by Angela Wendt (RENT original production). Thom Schilling is production manager.

Gisela Gonzalez, president of the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts, said: "This production will be a paramount step for musical theater in Cuba. We will have the possibility of combining Cuban talent with the long time history of Broadway as a form of art. This collaboration in the field of theater will bring us together and we hope that we are going to come up with an authentic and high quality product that leads us into future joint projects."

Said Robert Nederlander, Jr., "For over 102 years, the Nederlander family has been a leader and innovator in the Broadway and live performance industry in the United States and around the world. It has been a great pleasure to work with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts and their extremely talented artists, musicians and technicians in Havana. We are honored to serve as a bridge between the Cuban cultural and Broadway communities and to bring the best of Broadway to Cuban audiences."

Director Andy Señor, Jr. made his professional debut in the Tony Award winning musical RENT as "Angel," playing the role on Broadway, London's West End, and US National and International Tours. Later he became the Assistant Director to Michael Greif on the RENT revival Off Broadway, and went on to re-stage the production in Tokyo, Japan. He holds a BFA in Theatre from Florida International University and further trained at the Public Theatre Shakespeare LAB where he appeared in All's Well That Ends Well at the PUBLIC Theatre. Recently, he worked with Jeffrey Seller as assistant director on the new musical FLY at Dallas Theatre Center and is currently Associate Director to Jerry Mitchell on the Broadway musical, On Your Feet. He is the Artistic Director of the District Stage Company in Miami.

Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, LLC, founded and managed by Robert Nederlander, Jr., a third generation member of the Nederlander entertainment family, manages theatres and presents Broadway productions in emerging international markets, produces international productions for Broadway and elsewhere around the world, and undertakes cultural educational initiatives. NWE's expertise covers the gamut of theatre management and operations, along with all facets of live entertainment, including ticketing, management, promotion, marketing, and advertising. In November 2011, Mr. Nederlander presented Broadway Ambassadors in Havana as part of the 14th Annual Havana Theatre Festival, the first Broadway style presentation from the United States to take place in Cuba in over 50 years.

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Robert Nederlander, Jr. and Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment (NWE) (www.NederlanderWorld.com) announced today a new production of RENT to be mounted in Havana, Cuba. The production will open December 24, 2014 at the Bertolt Brecht Theatre in Havana for a planned three-month run. This Spanish language production is being produced in partnership with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts, and will be the first Broadway musical with a full cast, musicians and first-class production elements produced in the nation of Cuba in over 50 years. The new production is part of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment’s ongoing mission to bring Broadway musicals to new and emerging markets around the globe. Following the popular success of the Nederlander Worldwide production of Broadway Ambassadors—a concert featuring Norm Lewis, Capathia Jenkins, Rob Evan and Luba Mason performing classics from the Broadway songbook—at the Havana Theatre Festival in 2011, NWE was invited by the Cuban Ministry of Culture to present an authentic Broadway musical to Cuban audiences, featuring aspiring Cuban actors and musicians. The production joins leading Broadway creative team members with their Cuban counterparts and is a true collaboration and cultural exchange between the Broadway and Cuban cultural communities. The Broadway creative team is led by Andy Señor, Jr., who will direct a company of 15 Cuban actors. Mr. Señor, a leading member of Broadway’s Cuban American community, has a long RENT pedigree, first starring as “Angel” in RENT on Broadway and later as a protégé of original RENT director Michael Greif, including assistant directing the Off-Broadway production, and later directing productions of RENT in multiple markets around the world. The Havana, Cuba production of RENT will also feature choreography by Marcus Paul James (who appeared in RENT on Broadway including the 2008 final performance film; Motown: The Musical) based on original Broadway choreography by Marlies Yearby, musical direction by Emmanuel Schvartzman (On Your Feet), sound design by Michael Catalan, and costume design by Angela Wendt (RENT original production). Thom Schilling is production manager. Gisela Gonzalez, president of the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts, said: “This production will be a paramount step for musical theater in Cuba. We will have the possibility of combining Cuban talent with the long time history of Broadway as a form of art. This collaboration in the field of theater will bring us together and we hope that we are going to come up with an authentic and high quality product that leads us into future joint projects.” Said Robert Nederlander, Jr., “For over 102 years, the Nederlander family has been a leader and innovator in the Broadway and live performance industry in the United States and around the world. It has been a great pleasure to work with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts and their extremely talented artists, musicians and technicians in Havana. We are honored to serve as a bridge between the Cuban cultural and Broadway communities and to bring the best of Broadway to Cuban audiences.” Director Andy Señor, Jr. made his professional debut in the Tony Award winning musical RENT as "Angel," playing the role on Broadway, London’s West End, and US National and International Tours. Later he became the Assistant Director to Michael Greif on the RENT revival Off Broadway, and went on to re-stage the production in Tokyo, Japan. He holds a BFA in Theatre from Florida International University and further trained at the Public Theatre Shakespeare LAB where he appeared in All’s Well That Ends Well at the PUBLIC Theatre. Recently, he worked with Jeffrey Seller as assistant director on the new musical FLY at Dallas Theatre Center and is currently Associate Director to Jerry Mitchell on the Broadway musical, On Your Feet. He is the Artistic Director of the District Stage Company in Miami. Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, LLC, founded and managed by Robert Nederlander, Jr., a third generation member of the Nederlander entertainment family, manages theatres and presents Broadway productions in emerging international markets, produces international productions for Broadway and elsewhere around the world, and undertakes cultural educational initiatives. NWE’s expertise covers the gamut of theatre management and operations, along with all facets of live entertainment, including ticketing, management, promotion, marketing, and advertising. In November 2011, Mr. Nederlander presented Broadway Ambassadors in Havana as part of the 14th Annual Havana Theatre Festival, the first Broadway style presentation from the United States to take place in Cuba in over 50 years.

TOBY SIMKIN is a broadway theatrical producer with over 32 years award-winning experience and proven track record in production & marketing of commercial theatre. Multiple Tony® & Olivier award-winning Broadway & West End shows, along with international show tours & events. Additionally, an award-winning internet pioneer, Toby is credited with leading the Broadway theatre industry into cyberspace in the early 1990s. Toby Simkin (沈途彬) chairs his own corporations in the USA and China, is Senior Executive V.P. of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, and producer of the award-winning Chinese motion picture, Three Grams of Dream. http://www.TobySimkin.com

 

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