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'Piaf' Opens At Miami New Drama

Performances Will Be Presented In Spanish, English

Michelle F. Solomon

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Miami New Drama continues to bring live theater to Miami Beach's Art Deco gem, Colony Theatre. This weekend and through July 30, MiND  presents the American premiere of the musical Piaf, the intimate story of France's world-renowned and beloved singer, Edith Piaf.

The show will be presented in both English and Spanish, with Venezuelan actress Mariaca Semprún playing the role of Edith Piaf in both English and Spanish performances, singing in French, too, and bringing to life Leonardo Padrón's original script.

After two sold out seasons in Caracas, Venezuela, "Piaf" is brought to Colony Theatre in an alliance with NiTan Tarde Producciones and Clas Producciones of Venezuela, in cooperation with MiND.

"Having two brilliant Venezuelans bring to life a French legend on stage in Miami Beach is exactly the kind of magic that happens at the international crossroads that is our city,” says Michel Hausmann, co-founder of MiND at Colony Theatre.”

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Hausmann says that through 18 of Piaf’s most emblematical songs, the audience learns about Piaf's life marked by intensity, temperament and tearing moments.

The script is a captivating musical that unravels the story of a legend that seduced generations of music lovers but grew up in misfortune, suffered from love, drugs, war and sickness. Piaf’s unique story is moving and delirious as it takes audience members on a journey through the legacy she left to the musical memory of the world.

Semprún is called the Queen of Musicals in her native Venezuela.“I feel fortunate to be in a musical like 'Piaf' where I sing Edith Piaf’s legendry musical notes in a diverse city such as Miami,” said Semprún. “It’s not only a big challenge as a singer and actress, but also an opportunity to keep her spirit alive for generations to come.”

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Leonardo Padrón's is one of Venezuela’s most well-known and respected writers. He has published 20 books, including poetry, chronicles, essays, books of interviews and children’s literature. His work has been translated into many languages, and he is currently the one of the most successful television writers, having earned over 25 awards. He is the creator and host of “Los Imposible” (The Impossible), a show that interviews international celebrities of different disciplines, which has earned both critical and popular acclaim. His biweekly chronicles in the newspaper “El Nacional” are a point of reference to understand the complex reality of Venezuela. Piaf is his first script for musical theater and represents his successful theatrical debut.

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The show will run from July 20 – 30 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $50 - $65. To purchase tickets, visit www.colonymb.org/piaf.

For more information about Miami New Drama, visit www.miaminewdrama.org.

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