Broadway performer Luis Salgado is experiencing one of the most active times in his professional career. After returning from a very successful run of his show “Candela Fuerza y Pasion” a dance/musical piece written and directed by Luis, he has returned to NYC to merge into three different roles on the Broadway and Off-Broadway scene. At the moment the young Producer, Director/Choreographer and Performer Luis Salgado is serving as one of the People of Godspell Producers to the Broadway revival of “Godspell”. He is Playing the Role of Francisco in the world premiere political drama, “Ghost Dancer” to be presented at The Mint Space on November 19-December 10th and is now finishing up choreography/musical staging for the new musical about baseball legend Roberto Clemente, DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story.
“I love merging my self in art. Getting to experience so many sides of theater and doing it in the city of New York I continue to grow and learn as I change from hat to hat. I have a really strong mission with my life and with my art and I must continue to GO BEYOND.” says Salgado who is soon to celebrate his ten years in the city of New York and adds “I came here with nothing. I didn’t have a famous last name, connections nor money, I just wanted to learn and do the art I loved and so here we are ten years later. I could only be thankful to life.”
The Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (SEA), during its 6th Annual BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest, is proud to present the World Premiere of DC-7, The Roberto Clemente Story, a musical about the life and legacy of the Baseball Hall of Famer and humanitarian. This limited run of 12 performances at Teatro SEA (107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets) begins November 11 (Opening Gala Performance) and ends December 4. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 6pm.
Press Performances: Friday, November 11 (Opening), Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 (non-press performances will be accommodated upon request.)
Clemente, right-fielder for the Pittsburg Pirates (1955-1972), was one of the most beloved figures in the history of the MLB. He was the first Latino to win a World Series as a rookie (1960.) He also won the MVP Award (1966) and the World Series MVP Award (1971.) He finished his career with over 3,000 hits and 12 Golden Glove Awards. He was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame following his untimely death on December 31st, 1972 from a plane crash while traveling to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
In DC-7, a bilingual musical with English and Spanish book and lyrics, three of the most influential characters in Clemente’s life meet at his funeral to share their memories. Matino (Clemente’s brother), Vera (his widow) and Ramiro Martínez (a close friend and journalist), reminisce about their life with Clemente. Their stories transport the audience to Clemente’s early years in Puerto Rico, his time with the Montreal Royals and his 18-year tenure with the Pirates. This musical also dramatically depicts the era of the Civil Rights Movement and how it affected his life as a Black Hispanic. Through all his trials and tribulations, Clemente triumphed becoming a legend on and off the field. This new musical is a dedication to a hero whose extraordinary life continues to inspire and touch lives.
This World Premiere production stars Modesto Lacén (Off Broadway’s Celia The Musical and La Barbería) as Clemente, Lorraine Velez (Broadway’s Rent) as Vera, Josean Ortiz as Martino, and Dr. Manuel A. Morán as Ramiro Martínez. Also featured in the cast are Shawn Beck-Gifford, Anthony Coto, María del Mar González, Johanna Rodríguez, Xiomara Rodríguez and Fidel Vicioso.
Chroreography and Musical Staging by Luis Salgado (Broadway’s In The Heights, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.) Musical Direction and Arrangements by Harold Gutiérrez. Set design by José López. Directed by Luis Caballero (La Gringa, El Olor de la Guayaba.) Produced by Dr. Manuel Morán, Artistic Director and Founder of SEA.