A NEW BILINGUAL MUSICAL

BOOK by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani

MUSIC by Jacinta Clusellas

LYRICS by Jacinta Clusellas 

with additional lyrics by Tatiana Pandiani and Melis Aker

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In an epic world of magic realism, Blue Bird, an ambitious poet, leaves home behind, seeking a better life in a new land. In present-day Jackson Heights, Rita, a composer, struggles to write her debut album about a motherland she has never known. When she's asked to make her album more "authentic" and personal, she uncovers a family secret that debunks the stories her father told her as a child. Rita must now reimagine the story of her parents, her artistry, and herself. AZUL weaves together these two distinct worlds to explore how memory and imagination shape immigrant identity. 

 

Driven by a constellation of songs rooted in Latin American folklore, AZUL is a bilingual spectacle in the legacy of American musicals, as well as a deep-dive into an immigrant family story about loss... and what it means to step back in order to move forward.

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

- NAMT 33rd Annual Festival of New Musicals - 2021, New York, NY

- National Music Theatre Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center - Summer 2020 

- Catwalk Institute - 2020 and 2021 Catskill, NY

- Musical Theatre Factory - 2020, New York, NY *postponed due to COVID-19, to be rescheduled
- Dramatist Guild Fellowship - 2019, New York, NY
- Tofte Lake Center Residency - 2019, Ely, MN
- Westben Performer - Composer Artist Residency - 2019, Campbellford, Canada
- Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency - 2018, Saratoga, WY
- BRIC Lab - 2018, Brooklyn, NY
- New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship Project - 2017, New York, NY
- The Drama League First Draft Residency - 2017, New York, NY
- The Habitat Directors’ Playground Workshop - 2016 - 2017, Brooklyn, NY

Upcoming: Residency Workshop at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center - February 2022

 

Graphics by Azul Aguamarina

*For a full playlist of DEMOS please email me at jacintaclusellas@gmail.com