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May 24, 2010, 2:19 am
Filed under: At the Center

In a surprise summer announcement, the Adrienne Arsht Center recently revealed that a sizzling stage show, tailor-made for Miami, is coming to town.  50 years ago Desi Arnaz picked up the conga and sang “Babalú” on “I Love Lucy,” one of the most beloved television shows of all time, stealing our hearts with his debonair style, baritone laugh, and timeless Latin music.  Now, the thrilling stage show BABALU, Lucie Arnaz’s celebration of her father’s music, is coming to the Center for five shows in July ! 


Desi Arnaz; Photo from Lucie Arnaz Family Archives

Born in Cuba, Desi Arnaz made his musical mark here in Miami and then went on to launch an extraordinary musical career, popularizing Latin music on the national stage.  Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Desi and Lucille Ball, created, produced, and stars in this theatrical musical spotlighting the tremendous musical legacy of this entertainment pioneer.  BABALU features multiple Tony® Award nominee and Miami native Raúl Esparza, in his first show in Miami since making a major splash on Broadway in hits including CompanyChitty Chitty Bang BangTaboo, and Cabaret.  Local Miami dancers, Richard Amaro (recently seen in Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life) and Jeanette Delgado (principal dancer with Miami City Ballet) will join the cast for this special engagement.  In a rare, special appearance, Desi Arnaz, Jr. will accompany the 15-piece orchestra on percussion, playing his father’s greatest hits for a true homecoming celebration in Miami.  BABALU hits the Adrienne Arsht Center stage July 8-11, with a homegrown Latin music explosion. 

For a classic “Babalú” moment on “I Love Lucy,” click here:


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