On Friday, March 3, 2017 Miriam Colon died at the age of 80 due to medical complications from a pulmonary infection. She was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on August 20, 1936 but was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She started her acting career in 1951 in Puerto Rico, she played Lolita in the movie Los Peloteros. In the 1950’s she moved to New York City to study at the actors’ studio but later on moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She was the first Puerto Rican to be in the actors’ studio. Colon appeared in over 100 films. She is known for acting in the movie “Scarface” as the mother of Al Pacino. She appeared in over 250 television cameos such as Law Order: SVU and Better Call Saul. She is the founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York which started in 1967. In 2015, President Obama presented her the national medal of art for her acting. When she received this medal she stated “I appreciate this great honor. This recognition makes me feel that you cannot lose hope when things are not right or when there is no positive results. Perseverance and not to give up is fundamental”. This medal ceremony took place at the Whitehouse. Miriam Colon was a very active committee member of the Cristian Rivera Foundation which is a foundation which funds research and Trials to find a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (D.I.P.G.) . She was a very powerful woman in the Latino community and will be missed by many people.
By: Emily Fermin
One of the must see shows in Broadway is “The book of Mormon”. “The book of Mormon” which plays in the Eugene o’ Neil theatre in midtown New York in the theatre district. This show is 2 hours and thirty minutes long. The opening day of the show was March 24, 2011. “The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected”(Broadway). Tickets for this show range from $99 to $352. This show won 9 Tony’s and one Grammy. This Broadway show is very well known that people should go see.
By: Emily Fermin
The most talked about musical in Broadway is “Hamilton”, based on the book “Hamilton”, by Lin- Manuel Miranda. “Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton’s lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind”(Broadway). This play is run in the Richard Rogers Theater in New York City and is about three hours long. It takes months to get a ticket to this play. This play is the most talked musical since in 2016 and it received 16 Tony nominations, but they won 11.
Co-written by theater, film, & latin music industry veteran David Maldonado, I Like It Like That follows the story of the Rodriguez family. Roberto (Domingo Quiñones) along with his wife Carmen (Shadia Fairuz), live in Spanish Harlem with their four children Juan (Gilberto Velázquez), China (Caridad De La Luz), Carlos (Jospeh “Quique” González, and Paula (Ana Isabelle). Set in the early 1970’s in New York City’s East Harlem the city is nearing bankruptcy, Juan is sent to Sing Sing for a drug bust, China joins the militant Young Lords Party, and among other issues the family finds a way to stay together with the help of others.
Despite the family drama, this production’s music and singing is so much fun it is bound to have you on your feet. Exploring original pieces by Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, I Like It Like That also dives into original songs specifically created for the show produced by Wadddy Jáquez. Critic Zachary Stewart couldn’t have said it any better, “Carlos wants to escape the barrio and become a rich lawyer; Gina is an activist who wants to clean up the hood; and Juan has the makings of a great entrepreneur, in and out of the drug trade. Their divergent paths — the ways they push against parental expectations yet come together around family and tradition — are universal to the American immigrant story. In that sense, I Like It Like That feels like El Barrio’s answer to Fiddler on the Roof.” I Like It Like That features music from Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ismael Rivera, Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Rubén Blades, Ismael Miranda, Johnny Pacheco, Pete El Conde, Hector Casanova, Richie Ray & Bobbie Cruz, La Lupe, Mon Rivera, El Gran Combo, Frankie Ruiz, and Patato & Totico.
You can catch the show on Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm, Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 5pm & 9pm, and Sundays at 3pm & 7pm only at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater 304 W. 47th St., New York, N.Y. 10036. You may also visit their website for more information: http://www.ilikeitlikethat.com