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Grammy Award-winning Nicaraguan singer and composer Luis Enrique will join the company of Luis Bravo’s internationally acclaimed entertainment phenomenon, Forever Tango for three weeks only. “El Principe de la Salsa” (The Prince of Salsa) will perform nightly at Broadway’sWalter Kerr Theatre (219 W 48th Street), Tuesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 18, 2013. “Dancing with the Stars” duo Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will appear through Sunday, August 11, 2013 and special guest star Gilberto Santa Rosa will play his final performance on July 28, 2013.
Salsa vocalist Luis Enrique pioneered Latin music’s romantic “salsa sensual” style. Approaching an otherwise aggressive and bright musical style with a smoother, more emotive sensibility, Luis Enrique laid the groundwork for salsa and Latin pop artists to follow. Luis Enrique immigrated to the U.S. in 1978 from Somoto – Nicaragua, ta! king up residence in Los Angeles. Luis Enrique’s sizable discography has earned him four Grammy Awards and numerous gold and platinum records.
“I am honored to be part of this musical that honors tango, the musical genre that is respected and adored for its sensuality, dramatic expression and perfect musical construction. I learned tango thanks to my grandfather, thus this opportunity represents a return to my memories, affections, and childhood and to that music you learn with a loved one that remains there, in your heart, forever. As a Nicaraguan, I feel deeply moved to be in Broadway for the first time, that is the biggest dream of any artists that understands the amazing effect produced by the union of music and theater that shakes our feelings in a very special way. I am thankful, very thankful for this new challenge in my career in the city that is linked to art in all of its forms,” said Luis Enrique.
Created and directed by Luis Bravo, Forever Tango has touched the souls of millions worldwide since its inception in San Francisco in 1994, where it thrilled audiences for nearly two years. Called “A must-see” by theNew York Times, Forever Tango originally opened on Broadway in 1997 where it played the Walter Kerr and Marquis Theatres for fourteen months and earned multiple Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations. Celebrated by critics and audiences alike, the international sensation returned to Broadway’s Shubert Theater for a limited four month engagement in 2004.
Forever Tango is music, drama, culture, a way of life. The popularity of tango has exploded all over the world. Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango is a feeling that you dance. A story is channeled through the flick of the leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot, and the arch of an eyebrow. It’s passionate, yet melancholic. Tender, yet violent. You dance it with somebody, but it is so internal, you dance it by yourself. Sixteen world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and the eleven-piece Forever Tango orchestra will leave you breathless.
The performance schedule for Forever Tango is as follows: Tuesday through Saturday at 8 pm with 3 pm matinee performances on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets, which range from $30.00 to $149.00 (premium seating ranges from $175 to $199) are available via telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200/(800) 432-7250 or by visiting the Walter Kerr Theatre box office (219 West 48th Street). Groups of 10 or more can be purchased through telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6262 in New York or (800) 432-7780 outside the NY Metro area.