Get your first look at Krystina Alabado, KC Dela Cruz, Angelica Maria Beliard and more in pre-Broadway KISS MY AZTEC! at the Hartford stage

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the East Coast premiere of the hilarious Kiss My Aztec! An upbeat musical, Kiss My Aztec! presents a book by a comedy legend John Leguizamo and acclaimed director Tony Taccone; music by Benjamin Velez; words of David Camp, Leguizamo and Vélez; and choreography of Mayte Natalio. This pre-Broadway production, directed by Tony Tacconeruns through June 26 at the Tony Award-winning theater located at 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford.

From comedy legend John Leguizamo and director Tony Taccone comes an irreverent new musical loosely based on Latin American history… very loosely! Travel to the 16th century when a group of Aztecs led the resistance against the Spanish invaders. With a fierce female warrior at the helm and a not-so-fierce clown in tow, they mount a rambling attack – and tangle with royalty, colonizers, pop stars and puppets! With music and lyrics by Benjamin Velez and David Campthe musical fusion of salsa, gospel, hip-hop, funk and merengue of Kiss My Aztec! is a jubilant and hilarious celebration of Hispanic and Latin culture.

The cast includes Kristina Alabado (Broadway: Mean Girls, American Idiot; TV: Disney’s Better Nate Than Ever), Angelique Maria Beliard (Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, On Your Feet), KC Dela Cruz (Kiss My Aztec! for La Jolla Playhouse, Smokey Joe’s Cafe with Tri-Valley Repertory), Chad Carstarphen (Kiss My Aztec! for Berkeley Rep/La Jolla Playhouse, In the Heights National Tour), Nicholas Caycedo (Regional: In the Heights for Seacoast Repertory, Little Shop of Horrors for Creede Repertory Theatre), Eddie Cooper (Off-Broadway: The Cradle Will Rock, This Ain’t No Disco), Richard Ruiz Henry (Off-Broadway: The Streets of New York; National Tour: Urinetown, Sweet Charity), Z Infanta (Off-Broadway: Fairycakes; Regional: Kiss My Aztec! at Berkeley Rep/La Jolla Playhouse), Jesus E. Martinez (Movie: In the Heights; Regional: Kiss My Aztec! at Berkeley Rep/La Jolla Playhouse), Maria Christina Oliveras (Broadway: Amelie; Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love), Joel Perez (Broadway: Fun Home; Movie: Tick, Tick…Boom!), Geena Quintos (Broadway: Miss Saigon; Off-Broadway: Emojiland), Daniela Rodrigo (Regional: Heathers for Gatehouse Theater Company, Children Will Listen at the Hollywood Bowl), Desiree Rodriguez (TV: Orange is the New Black; Regional: Kiss My Aztec! at Berkeley Rep/La Jolla Playhouse), and Matt Saldivar (Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet, Junk, Honeymoon in Vegas).

The production team includes a scenic and costume designer Clint Ramos (stage design for Slave Play on Broadway; costume design for the film Respect with Jennifer Hudson); lighting designer Alexander V. Nichols (Broadway: Latin History for Morons, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway); Sound designers Jessica Paz (Broadway: co-design of Hadestown; Public Theater at the Delacorte: Coriolanus, Much Ado About Nothing) and Lake Beth (Regional: Selling Kabul and Ghosts for Williamstown Theater Festival); Hair and wig designer Charles G. LaPointe (Broadway: Beetlejuice, Mr. Saturday Night, MJ – The Musical); production manager Jeff Rodriguez (Broadway: Kiss Me Kate, Thérèse Raquin); music supervisor David Gardos (Broadway: Big Fish; National Tour: In the Heights); Music Director Roberto Sinha (National Tour: Hamilton, Kinky Boots); and puppet maker James Ortiz (The public theater: Disney’s Hercules, just the way you like it). The cast is by Tara Rubin Foundry: Xavier RubianoTHAT’S IT.

The Hartford Stage production of Kiss My Aztec! is produced by special arrangement with Joey Parnes. Kiss my Aztec! was originally commissioned by the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The world premiere was produced by the Berkeley Repertory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse, made possible by a generous grant from the Roy Cockrum Foundation. Major support for Hartford Stage is provided by raise the curtain Executive Sponsor Stanley Black & Decker, which is also the exclusive production sponsor of Kiss My Aztec!. The Hartford is the opening night presenting sponsor and Travelers is the 2021/2022 season sponsor of Hartford Stage.

Led by Artistic Director Melia Bensussen and Executive Director Cynthia Rider, Hartford Stage’s mission is to enlighten, entertain and educate by creating theatrical works of the highest caliber that have a transformative impact on audiences, the community and its field. Hartford Stage presented the world premieres of the new musical Anastasia; Rear window with Kevin Bacon; Reverb by Matthew Lopez; The Man in a Big Dance Theater Affair with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards; and Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. , performance opportunities for teens, and acting classes for youth and adults. www.hartfordstage.org

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