Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Alliance Theatre Presents American Premiere of ZORRO THE MUSICAL

Just yesterday, the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta announced that they will be premiering The Gipsy King's new musical Zorro in April. Based on the concepts from the original book from 1919, the character of Zorro  has been the hero for almost every kind of media possible, which makes it fitting that in 2008, it premiered in London. Zorro has plans to premiere (or has already done so) many international productions in places including Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and South Korea, to name a few.

I'm interested to see what the plot is like, because it seems like every version of it is different. There was the Disney live-action show, then a cartoon TV series, as well as one of my favorite movies, The Mask of Zorro starring Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins, followed by the sequel I'd like to forget, The Legend of Zorro. Additionally, USA Network recently announced that they are working on a modern-day Zorro show entitled "Z." Well let's all do a new Zorro adaptation, shall we?

I have no doubt that they want this show to make its way to Broadway, and the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre is a good place to start. It has premiered many shows that went on to Broadway, like their most recent one, Sister Act (see the full list of shows here).

Check out this video from an international production. I haven't seen this much swashbuckling sword fighting since The Scarlet Pimpernel musical in 1998!

"Zorro, the fox so cunning and free," as they sang in the Disney theme song, is kind of like the Western equivalent of Robin Hood. Except this one dresses in black and wears a mask. (Also, whereas the Disney Robin Hood actually was a fox, Zorro only calls himself that)

Visit www.AllianceTheatre.org/zorro or www.Zorro.com for more information.

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