Playbill has put together a special concert called ¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices to celebrate Latinx Heritage month by paying tribute to the vibrant legacy of Latinx artists, particularly the milestone Latinx stories on Broadway and in theater. More than a celebration of incredible Latinx talent, this special was also a reminder to increase representation throughout the arts industry.
The show was hosted by Andréa Burns (In The Heights, On Your Feet!) and was directed and co-choreographed by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Ain’t Too Proud). Among the stars who appeared in this special were Chita Rivera, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan, John Leguizamo, Antonio Banderas, and Thalía!
The highlights of this celebration include performances of songs from iconic Broadway musicals that blazed the trail for the portrayal of Latinx stories: “Un Hombre Así” (Spanish version of “A Boy Like That” translated by Lin-Manuel Miranda) from West Side Story, a bilingual rendition of “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” from Evita, “Dressing Them Up” from Kiss of the Spider Woman, and “The Quest” from Man of La Mancha.
There was also a reunion of the original cast of In the Heights, led by Anthony Ramos, the star of the upcoming film adaptation. They performed “In the Heights” and “Carnaval del Barrio.”
Gloria Estefan introduced a special rendition of “Coming Out of the Dark” from her musical On Your Feet! Performed by three Glorias from around the world.
Antonio Banderas shared a clip from the Spanish production of A Chorus Line.
Other existing musicals which were featured were: The Mambo Kings, The Capeman, and Bye Bye Birdie.
¡Viva Broadway! likewise introduced exciting new, Broadway-bound musicals exploring more Latinx stories such as Kiss My Aztec, Songs by an Immigrant, Arrabal, Passing Through, Like Water for Chocolate, and Lives in Limbo.
The full list of these talented Latinx performers is as follows: Enrique Acevedo, Angie Alcázar, Yassmin Alers, Joan Almedilla, Kristina Alonso, Reed Armstrong, Antonio Banderas, Melissa Barrera, Angelica Beliard, Miguel Ángel Belotto, Rubén Blades, Albert Bolea, Andréa Burns, Soledad Buss, Jaime Camil, Chad Carstarphen, Natalie Caruncho, Lucía Castro, Max Chernin, Javier Cid, Aaron Cobos, Anna Coll, Florencia Cuenca, Alma Cuervo, Juan Cupini, Janet Dacal, KC de la Cruz, Robin De Jesús, Ariana DeBose, Fran Del Pino, Daniel Délyon, Natascia Diaz, Ryan Duncan, Alberto Escobar, Julia Estrada, Roberto Facchin, Pol Galcerà, Henry Gainza, Daniel Garod, Linedy Genao, Diana Girbau, Carlos Gomez, Carlos E. Gonzalez, Mandy Gonzalez, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Charles Gray, Christopher Hernandez, Ivan Hernandez, Cassandra Hlong, Zachary Infante, Christopher Jackson, Nina Lafarga, Garrett Long, Emmanuel López Alonso, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Jaime Lozano, Hector Maisonet, Juan José Marco, Fernando Mariano, Enric Marimon, Yani Marin, Bianca Marroquín, Jesús E. Martínez, Mauricio Martinez, Mary Jo Mecca, Anthony Lee Medina, Olga Merediz, Marielys Molina, Doreen Montalvo, Graciela Monterde, Fran Moreno, Beatriz Mur,Marcela Nava, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Karen Olivo, Joél Pérez, Shereen Pimentel, Ivo Pareja-Obregón, Lucrecia Petraglia, Christie Prades, Pablo Puyol, Anthony Ramos, Desireé Rodriguez, Al Rodrigo, Eliseo Román, Celeste Rose, Estibalitz Ruiz, Gabrielle Ruiz, Richard Henry Ruiz, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, Luis Salgado, Caesar Samayoa, Zuhaitz San Buenaventura, Carmen Sanchez, Tricia Aida Sánchez, Lorena Santiago, Sarah Schielke, Martín Solá, Mica Spina, Jim Stanek, Philippa Stefani, Eric Ulloa, Angélica Vale, Vajen Van Den Bosch, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Ana Villafañe, and Jennifer Leigh Warren.
The following also made special appearances while sharing their experiences about bringing Latinx stories to the stage: Lucie Arnaz, Julio Copello, Nilo Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Moisés Kaufman, Alex Lacamoire, John Leguizamo, Matthew López, Jaime Lozano, Justina Machado, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis A. Miranda, Jr., Chita Rivera, Michelle J. Rodriguez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jon Secada, Josh Segarra, Thalía, Sergio Trujillo, Eric Ulloa, and Benjamin Velez.
The benefit concert is raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, R.Evolución Latina initiative, and Broadway Bridges.
¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices streamed on Playbill’s YouTube Channel and The Broadway League’s website on October 2, 8 AM Manila time and will remain available for viewing until October 6, 8 AM Manila time.
You can watch the online event below.