March 1, 2021

'Csar Manrique, the musical', one of the great proposals in the centenary of the artist – La Provincia

More than 70 people participate in the great Canarian production César Manrique, the musical, which will be released in the Pérez Galdós Theater from the Gran Canaria capital from September 12 to 22, driven by Mestisay and Clapso Producciones Teatrales. The aforementioned montage, which has been taking place for several years, wants to be noted as one of the great proposals of the centenary of the birth of the celebrated and respected Canarian creator that is being held this year.

Both cultural entities, associated in a co-production regime with the Auditorium and Theater Foundation of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital city council, Macanda Producciones and the César Manrique Foundation, have joined forces to raise César Manrique, the musical, a show that aims to be at the height of the moral heritage and the universal message of one of the most relevant figures of the Canarian culture of the 20th century.

The aforementioned stage montage directed by Israel Reyes is inspired throughout 90 minutes (without pause) in an original idea by Manuel González, author of the musical script, whose dramaturgy is articulated around different fictional passages of the life of the great creator, considered by the promoters of this show as "a myth that in the Canaries cross transversally islands, social layers, generations and ideologies, to become a mirror of collective values ​​whose dimension has ended by transcending the epic contained in his person and work". The set design Carlos Santos and the wardrobe Unai Tellería.

The acting cast is headed by the actor Mingo Ruano who plays César Manrique, who is joined by Maykol Hernández (in the role of Pepín Ramírez), Víctor Formoso (devil of Timanfaya), Saray Castro, Rubén Darío, Nayra Ortega, Borja Texeira and Yurena Bobet, while Hugo Cruz and Javier Suárez will be the children who play Manrique during his childhood. Musically, the voices of the soloist of Mestisay, Olga Cerpa, and de Taburiente, Luis Morera, are highlighted by the young soloists Lucía Viera, Víctor Batista and Marieme Abdoulaye, on the stage. selected in the casting held last April to which about 640 people of very different profiles were presented to cover the positions of actors, dancers, choir and musicians of the artistic establishment of said production.

A band of eight musicians directed by Germán G. Arias (author of the musical arrangements), the chorus of a score of women from the Enchanting group, plus another fifteen of male voices of which the head of the choir conducts the responsibility the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria, Luis García, five dancers and dancers, are part of the magic of this purely Canarian superproduction, whose music of symphonic and acoustic concept will be performed live from the Pérez Galdós theater pit and also from its stage, exchanging melodies and sounds to play with the complicity of the viewer.

The songs and music incorporated into the libretto are very popular songs in the Canary Islands, although there are also pieces composed expressly for the musical, created by Manuel González and Germán G. Arias. Several of the songs of the program will also be accompanied by dance numbers, whose choreographies have been designed by Cristina Pérez.

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