The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has announced the special engagement of Babalu, a loving tribute and phenomenal stage show celebrating the extraordinary musical legacy of Desi Arnaz.
Created, directed, and hosted by Lucie Arnaz, Babalu’s engagement at the Adrienne Arsht Center features multiple Tony Awardnominee and Miami native Raúl Esparza, Broadway’s Tony-nominated diva of dance Valarie Pettiford and, in a rare special guest appearance, Desi Arnaz Jr. playing percussion on his father’s classic hits.
With a live 15-piece orchestra playing from the original Desi Arnaz Orchestra charts, Babalu brings the rhythm of the tropics and the glamour of the Tropicana nightclub to the Adrienne Arsht Center, July 8-11, in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.
Tickets range from $35 to $70 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling 305-949- 6722 or online at < www.arshtcenter.org >.
“Babalu is the perfect show for Miami,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “This performance celebrates one of America’s most beloved entertainment pioneers with the music that made Desi Arnaz a timeless Cuban-American hero. To have his children, Lucie and Desi Jr., starring in this show alongside Miami native Raúl Esparza, ranks this engagement in the Adrienne Arsht Center hall of fame!” Featured in the show are Desi Arnaz’s greatest hits, including the hip-swiveling Cuban Pete, his signature conga Babalu, and the beloved theme from I Love Lucy, plus dozens of Latin and Broadway standards — performed to a Cuban beat — in this one-of-a-kind tribute to the most glamorous music of the 1940s and ’50s.
Visit < www.arshtcenter.org > for more information.