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Alliance Theatre Scores With ‘Zorro’

2013 April 22


Surprisingly, “Zorro” the musical at the Alliance Theatre is absolutely fantastic and is far better than any “Zorro” movie I’ve seen.

Neither Mom nor I had great expectations of this show, but we both found it thrilling.  From the flamenco dancing to the music and the authentic acting, you just might think you are in Spain for a moment.

While the cast is great, there are a few who are absolutely outstanding –Diego de la Vega, aka Zorro (Adam Jacobs) Inez (Natascia Diaz), Ramon (Nicholas Carrière) and Sergeant Garcia (Eliseo N. Roman) a Falstaff type character who nearly steals the show with buffoonery reminiscent of Bill Dana’s “Jose Jimmenez” character.

The ensemble actors in “Zorro” are wonderful flamenco dancers and include Dance Captain Sara Erde (The Metropolitan Opera – Carmen; La Traviata); flamenco dancer Glenda Sol Koeraus (The Metropolitan Opera –La Traviata); flamenco dancer Peter Suarez; and flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig.

The musical production of “Zorro” incorporates flamenco dancing, sword fighting, stage magic, and elaborate stunts. I know it’s trite, but it really is a swashbuckling show.

This is a definite show to see.

“Zorro” runs through May 5 at the Alliance Theatre.

 

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