Actor and singer Danny Bolero, a native East Angeleno has been cast in the role of Desiderio Arnaz, Sr. for the reading of a new musical based on the lives of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, ‘«£DANCE WITH ME.‘«ō A concert staging will take place at the WeHo Church, July 10 through 13.
Bolero made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber‘«÷s 1993 Broadway revival ‘«£JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.‘«ō
A new member to LA‘«÷s Musical Theater Guild, he recently was seen in their production of ‘«£THE FIX‘«ō as well as the original musical ‘«£TWICE UPON A TIME‘«ō for Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities. He can be seen in an upcoming episode of ‘«£THE GHOST WHISPERER‘«ō entitled ‘«£GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE‘«ō, and in the film short ‘«£EL CARRETERRO‘«ō as well as playing Cesar Chavez in the upcoming documentary, ‘«£VIVA LA CAUSA‘«ō due out in August.
Mr. Bolero recently received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Mr. Chavez in last year's ‘«£CESAR AND RUBEN‘«ō written and directed by Ed Begley, Jr. A performance that has already garnished him the IDEN B PAYNE AWARD for Best Actor by the Austin Circle of Theater‘«÷s.
Bolero is joining previously announced Jai Rodriguez (Rent, The Producers, Zanna, Don't, Queer Eye for a Straight Guy) as Desi Arnaz and Jim J. Bullock (Hair and TV's "Too Close for Comfort"), Fleur Phillips (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Scapin) who will be tackling the role of Lucille Ball and Leslie Easterbrook (California Suite, On the Twentieth Century and the Police Academy movies) as Dede Ball, with Eileen Galinda (Mark Taper Forum) as Desi‘«÷s mother, Lolita.
DANCE WITH ME is a brand new original musical that follows in the footsteps of many great American musicals such as GYPSY, Jersey Boys, DREAMGIRLS and FUNNY GIRL in that it is about famous icons. With an original score that spans from big band to hot Latin conga rhythms, DANCE WITH ME tells the story of how Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz struggled against all odds to be together and make television history.
DANCE WITH ME most recently had a staged reading at off Broadway's Drama Desk Award-winning York Theatre Company in New York City. It was just announced that DANCE WITH ME is a finalist for the prestigious National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) festival next fall, and was a finalist for the 2008 Eugene O'Neil Music Theatre Conference.
LIMITED RUN: 4 performances only
DATES: July 10, 11, 12 at 8PM and July 13th at 4PM
LOCATION: WeHo Church, 916 North Formosa Avenue, West Hollywood