BOOK by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani

MUSIC & LYRICS by Jacinta Clusellas


Inspired by the work of Rubén Darío

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In an epic world of magical realism, Bluebird, a hungry and idealist poet, seeks a better life in a new land. In a mundane post 9/11 and present-day Jackson Heights, Rita, a composer, struggles to reconnect with her father, her roots, and a homeland she has never known. AZUL is a bilingual musical that weaves together distinct realms to explore immigrant identity through memory and imagination.


The score is a constellation of songs rooted in Latin American folkloric traditions, along with jazz and chamber music. Inspired by Rubén Darío's fiction, AZUL is a spectacle in the legacy of the American book musical, as well as a psychological deep-dive into the immigrant father-daughter relationship.


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

- Catwalk Institute - 2020, 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



Graphics by Azul Aguamarina

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