A NEW BILINGUAL MUSICAL
BOOK BY MELIS AKER & TATIANA PANDIANI
MUSIC BY JACINTA CLUSELLAS
LYRICS BY JACINTA CLUSELLAS & RUBEN DARÍO
CONCEPT, DIRECTION, CHOREOGRAPHY: TATIANA PANDIANI
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 forgive her father, understand her roots, and reconnect to a land she has never known.
Azul Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] is a bilingual musical that weaves together these distinct realms to question the place of art in a capitalist society and explore how memory and imagination reshape immigrant identity.
The score is a constellation of songs rooted in Latin American folkloric traditions, along with jazz and chamber music. Inspired by Rubén Darío's poetry and short stories, Azul Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] 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 season online
- Musical Theatre Factory (2020, New York, NY)
- Dramatist Guild Fellowship (2019, New York, NY)
- Tofte Lake Center Residency (July 2019, Ely, MN)
- Westben Performer - Composer Artist Residency (June 2019, Campbellford, Canada)
- Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency (2018, Saratoga, WY)
- BRIC Lab (March ’18)
- New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship Project (November ’17)
- The Drama League First Draft Residency (June ’17)
- The Habitat Directors’ Playground Workshop (September ’16 - May ’17)
Production Team: Melis Aker (Book Writer) Jacinta Clusellas (Music & Lyrics), Tatiana Pandiani (Book Writer / Direction) Paloma Muñoz (Choreography), Cha See (Lighting Design), Stefania Bulbarella (Projection Design), Sarah K Martinez (Associate Projection Design), Azul Santamarina (Graphic Design)
Cast: Enrique Arce, Eliana Gonzales, Zu Ralat, Gilberto Diaz, Carmen Borla, Xavier Reyes, Jose Antonio Mellian
Band: Alessio Romanso, Benjamin Furman, Jacinta Clusellas, Eitan Goffman, Jacob Nordlinger.