Vocalist sings different tune in her new revue

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Amy Alvarado (center) will appear in the Cabarlesque production.

Amy Alvarado, a Palmetto Bay resident and lyric soprano best known for her opera performances, is adding a different musical style to her repertoire in the new musical revue Cabarlesque.

Alvarado has sung previously at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center in Florida Grand Opera productions of Aida, The Pearlfishers, Lakme and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, as well as in Tony Caruso’s Last Broadcast in Washington, DC. She also appeared in the 2010 musical revue titled My Place, at the Playground Theatre in Miami Shores, produced by singer/songwriter Nelson Polanco.

Polanco is the president of Blending Cultures, a non-profit live performance company created in 2006 to “entertain and enlighten audiences to the vibrancy of hybridized cultural traditions.”

“Cabarlesque is a fusion of two different art forms, cabaret and burlesque,” Polanco said. “It’s a story of the need for self expression told through vignettes from musicals and movies such as Chicago, Cabaret, Fosse, Bye Bye Birdie and The Pajama Game.”

Alvarado and Polanco will sing the majority of the numbers, although guest artists such as Lennis Sabatino are scheduled to appear. The cast will include an international troupe of dancers: Morgane Latouche, Charlotte Hillman, Vanessa Nicholson, Geneva Balladin and Krystin Torres.

“We created this show very much as a tribute to Bob Fosse’s legacy of brilliant choreography,” said co-creator Alvarado. “The show is sexy and a little bit naughty, but mainly playful and tongue-in-cheek.”

Cabarlesque will be performed for one night only on Friday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m., at the Little Haiti Cultural Center Theater, the neighborhood’s state-of-the-art new venue, located at 212 NE 59 Terr. Tickets are $15 in advance at TicketWeb.com or 1-866-468-7630, or $20 at the door.

For additional information visit online at www.facebook.com/blendingcultures or www.JoyTaylorStudios.com.

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