Joél Pérez and Ana Villafañe Host Latiné Musical Theatre Lab's New Musicals Mixtape January 22 | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Joél Pérez and Ana Villafañe Host Latiné Musical Theatre Lab's New Musicals Mixtape January 22

The concert will feature a first look at new musicals written by members of the Julia de Burgos Cohort.

Joél Pérez and Ana Villafañe

Joel Perez and Ana Villafañe host Latiné Musical Theatre Lab and Prospect Theater Company's 2024 edition of New Musicals Mixtape, featuring new musicals written by members of the Lab's Julia de Burgos Cohort, January 22. Part of Prospect's IGNITE Concert Series, the event begins at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM at Chelsea Factory.

New musicals that will be showcased include Fat Girl Starving by Jessie Field and James Martinez Salem; Brother by Miranda Holliday, Reginald Bennett Jr., and Justin D. Cook; Harvest Of Empire by Rebecca Murillo; Como Correr: A Hip Pop Musical by Nico Raimont; This Old Haunt by SMJ, Maggie Marie Rodgers, and Rebecca Wahls; and Next Door by Paloma de Vega.

The concert features selections from each new musical, as well as interviews with the writing team discussing their work. Hosts, creative team, and performers will be announced at a later date.

Performing the selections are Genesis Adelia Collado (Notes from Now), Cornelius Davis (Aladdin), Gabriela Gomez, Ishmael Gonzalez, Arturo Hernandez, Jade Jones (Vanities), Adelina Mitchell (Olney’s ASL The Music Man), Emiliano Morales, Ramone Nelson (MJ: The Musical), and Paloma de Vega.

Rebecca Aparicio is directing with music direction by Angela Ortiz. Amanda Crystál and María de Barros are stage managing, with Julieta Gozalo-Michaud serving as associate producer. The band includes Paige Durr, Katty Mayorga, and Amanda Ruzza. Orchestrations and arrangements for This Old Haunt are by Dillon Feldman.

Throughout Fall 2023, the Latiné Musical Theatre Lab hosted The Julia de Burgos Cohort, which is made up of six teams of writers working on new musicals. The program offers mentorship and support for Latiné writers to develop their shows. Over the course of three months, the cohort, facilitated by Rose Van Dyne and Amelia Johnson, met bi-weekly to collaborate.

The New Musicals Mixtape is made possible in part by a project support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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