Saturday, May 11, 2013

GUIADELOCIO.COM. Madrid. ¡Ay, Carmela! The Musical.

Author: P.J.L. Domínguez

GUIADELOCIO-COM. Madrid. ¡Ay, Carmela! Musical 1

Sanchis Sinisterra, one of our most relevant personalities from the theater, hit the nail on the head, which is extremely difficult to do, with Ay, Carmela!. He came up with a perfect melodrama that immediately became part of the collective imaginary of the Spanish people. It was a great idea to turn this play into a musical [..]

The show is supported by the music (a successful combination of the copla and songs of current authors), the dramaturgic skills of the female narrator and Valentín Álvarez's talent in the lighting and projections. The latter are often overdone, but in this case they are indispensable to set the story in the right scenario: the horrible tragedy of our Civil War. Marta Ribera and Inma Cuesta are two excellent singers with powerful personalities though very different from each other in terms of dramaturgy, performance styles and image, In fact, they are so far apart that they don't compete but actually complement each other. Whereas Ribera adjusts to the international standards of the musical very well, Cuesta performs magnificently in the purest Spanish tradition. Javier Gutiérrez plays the role of a Paulino full of affection and doesn't overdo things as a clown, which is the risk of his role: being too clownish. He is fantastic in his final monologue. I don't normally cry when I go to the theater, but on this occasion, I had to conceal my tears, for half of the show, from the person sitting next to me.

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