Celia Cruz's Music Comes Alive (Again) at the Arsht Center

Incomparable. Electrifying. Unforgettable. Those are just a few of the

words that have typically been used to describe the legendary Celia

Cruz throughout her long and illustrious career, and even posthumously

since she lost her battle with cancer six years ago. The praise is more

than justified, and the title La Reina de la Salsa (The Queen

of Salsa) could not be better deserved, for Celia was just that. Anyone

who ever met her could testify to her charisma, and her infectiously

jubilant personality. And the music!

It's fitting that we should continue to honor her long after she passed away, and that's exactly what Celia: La Vida Y La Música De Celia Cruz

strives to do. The musical, which played in Miami a year ago before

touring internationally, has returned to the Adrienne Arscht Center

from June 2 through 21. 

Starring Anissa Gathers and Seidy Carrera as

Cruz in different eras of her life, and Pedro Telemaco as her husband

Pedro Knight, the musical brings hits form La Guarachera's catalogue to

life onstage with the help of musical director, Isidro Infante, a long

time friend and collaborator of Celia's.

Celia: La Vida Y La

Música De Celia Cruz plays at the John S. And James L. Knight Concert

Hall in the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd) from June 2-21.

Tickets range $60 - $125.

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Christopher Lopez