Viva Broadway and AARP celebrate Broadway
Celebrando la influencia Hispana en Broadway

Viva Broadway and AARP celebrate Broadway

By Owen Panettieri

Viva Broadway hosted a panel discussion with leading artists.

AARP and The Broadway League celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a special Viva Broadway panel celebrating Latinos on Broadway at the New York Times this past Wed., Sept. 17th.

Viva Broadway, a new audience development program of the Broadway League, is in its second year of seeking to bridge the world of Broadway and Latino audiences around the country. Luis Miranda, Publisher of The Manhattan Times and The Bronx Free Press, was appointed Chair of Viva Broadway’s Advisory Board.

“The Growing Influence of Latinos on Broadway: Bridging the Gap between Latinos and Broadway On and Off Stage” was this year’s panel focus. The discussion was moderated by Tanzina Vega, New York Times national correspondent, and panelists included Broadway stars Bianca Marroquín (Chicago, The Pajama Game), Mandy González (In The Heights, Wicked), Tony Award-winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire (In The Heights, Wicked), and Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum (In The Heights, Avenue Q, Rent). The group discussed their unique roads to Broadway, their thoughts on the current landscape for Latino artists in New York theater and how new talent can be cultivated so that more Latino stories can make it onstage.

During the event, organizers announced that they would expand these discussions throughout the year to theater communities in other cities while making the Broadway panel an annual tradition during Hispanic Heritage Month in New York City.

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Celebrando la influencia Hispana en Broadway

Por Owen Panettieri

From left to right: Producer Kevin McCollum; In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda; Chair of Viva Broadway’s Advisory Board Luis Miranda; Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin; and Orchestrator Alex Lacamoire.
De izquierda a derecha: El productor Kevin McCollum; creador de In the Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda; presidente del comité asesor de Viva Broadway Luis Miranda; directora ejecutiva del ‘Broadway League’ Charlotte St. Martin; y director de orquesta Alex Lacamoire.

El pasado miércoles 17 de septiembre, la AARP y el Broadway League celebraron el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en el New York Times con un panel de Viva Broadway que celebró los latinos que son parte de la industria del espectáculo en Broadway.

Viva Broadway, un programa de desarrollo de audiencia del Broadway League, comienza su segundo año de existencia ayudando a desarrollar audiencias de latinos a través del país.

Luis Miranda, Publisher del Manhattan Times y Bronx Free Press, fue nombrado presidente del comité asesor de Viva Broadway.

El panel de este año, “El Aumento en Influencia del Latino en Broadway: La Brecha del Latino y Broadway en el Escenario y Trasbastidores”, fue moderado por Tanzina Vega, reportera del New York Times.  Los panelistas incluyeron a las estrellas de Broadway, Blanca Marroquín (Chicago, Pajama Game) y Mandy González (In the Heights, Wicked), Alex Lacamoire, director de orquesta y ganador de un Tony por In the Heights y Kevin McCullom, productor y ganador de tres Tonys por In the Heights, Rent y Avenue Q.  Los panelistas discutieron los caminos diferentes que tomaron en su rumbo al estrellato en Broadway, sus opiniones sobre el estado de la comunidad artística latina en Broadway y como aumentar las historias latinas que se montan en los escenarios.

Viva Broadway trata de exportar estas discusiones a otras ciudades y seguir con esta discusión anual en Nueva York para celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana.

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