Cuban Dance and Musical Comedy June 10th

Cuban Dance and Musical Comedy
Sunday, June 10, 2007 @ 8pm at the D.B. Clarke Theatre in Concordia University Hall Building, 1455 Maisonneuve West, Montreal.
This exhilarating evening showcases the Montreal debut of the internationally performed Cuban cultural show, Caricias Cubanas and the excerpt El Solar (The Slum) from the award-winning Cuban musical comedy Azucar! (Sugar), which in a light and entertaining way touches many social issues throughout 70 years of Cuba’s history.
Tickets -only $10- are available at CSHOW, by phone 514-848-9696, in person at St-James Church, 463 Ste-Catherine West, or online at Tickets selling out fast!


Tropics Musicals Workshop is producing an exhilarating evening of Cuban dance and musical comedy June 10, 2007 at the D.B. Clarke Theatre in the Concordia University Hall building. This event, which once again reinforces the vitality of the city’s cultural diversity, is dedicated to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birthday of D.B. Clarke, who in his time impacted the cultural life of Montreal. His wife, Dorothy Clarke will be the guest of honor.

The spectacle showcases the Montreal debut of Caricias Cubanas, a cultural presentation with authentic dances and music from different eras, from cities and the countryside of Cuba. This show has been presented in San Francisco and Seattle in the USA and also in Whistler, Nanaimo, Victoria as well as in festivals around BC to sold out audiences. Here in Montreal it has been added top Cuban professional artists living in the city, bringing the quality of the show to a new higher level.

Together with Caricias Cubanas is also making its debut in Montreal the Cuban musical comedy Azucar! This musical is a comedy of the genre "costumbrista" (Spanish for sitcom) depicting the everyday life of the Cuban people. In this excerpt "El Solar" (The Slum) is purposely satirized the Cuban vernacular theatre or Teatro Bufo, in which the main characters always were the Spaniard, the Mulatto woman and the Black guy. In its time these characters were ridiculed and stereotyped. Here, in this hilarious excerpt "El Solar", we are having fun with them all again to tell part of Azucar!'s story, but we opted for the authentic, employing real Spaniards, real mulattos and real black Cubans in an comedic but realistic situation, as a lighthearted effort to present "the real thing". The script was written by Armando Pastor and the dances choreographed by Julio Hong.

This genre of theatre, the vernacular, started in the XIX century and was still in existence in Cuba until the late 1960s, when an accidental fire burned down the building that hosted it.

Tropics Musicals Workshop, is a non-profit dance and theatre organization under the artistic direction of Armando Pastor and managed by Jane Needles, a well known Montreal arts administrator and University professor.

We strive to raise awareness about the potential for artistic and commercial success of this musical comedy among Montreal cultural organizations, artistic personalities and business community to further its development and full production.

Tickets for only $10 are available at the CSHOW by calling 514-848-9696, in person at St-James United Church, 463 Ste-Catherine West or online at
For more info contact: Armando @ (514) 384-9924 or by e-mail at

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