Antonio Banderas has inaugurated Friday, the theater he founded in his hometown of Malaga, Spain, with the premiere of the musical A Chorus Line of which he was one of the performers.
November 15, 2019 21h24
Antonio Banderas inaugurates its theater in Spain
Actor Antonio Banderas has inaugurated Friday, the theater he founded in his hometown of Malaga, Spain, with the premiere of the musical A Chorus Line of which he was one of the performers.
To mark the opening of the new Teatro del Soho in Malaga, Banderas has chosen a work that evokes anonymous artists and “all the suffering behind it” this kind of show, he explained to the press this week.
The history of A Chorus Line focuses ” on those persons who actually support the industry of musical theatre, but whose names do not shine in letters of light, and are not known “, he insisted.
Itself figure among the 26 performers. He plays the role of Zach, a choreographer who must be auditioning other artists.
Banderas is thus a classic of the american musical, which had broken records for longevity in New York being displayed, without interruption, from 1975 to 1990 on Broadway.
An orchestra of 22 musicians accompanied him to direct the show, in this new theatre of over 800 seats.
A Chorus Line will then leave on tour in Spain, for performances in Bilbao, to Barcelona and then to Madrid.
“Then, it is necessary to see if there is the possibility of making the leap to America,” said Banderas, who hopes that the show — “Spanish” — will be presented in New York.
Banderas inaugurates the theatre six months after having been awarded a prize at the Cannes film Festival with the prestigious Award for best male actor for his role in the movie Pain and glory of his fellow countryman Pedro Almodovar.
The infarction that he suffered in 2017 and the delicate heart operations that followed have prompted the actor to carry out without delay his dream of opening a theatre in the city where it was born in 1960.
It is committed to invest more than € 200 000 (293 000 $) per year in the establishment, sponsored by a Spanish bank.
For the lead, he was hired by Lluis Pasqual, a former director of the Centre dramatique national of Spain, the Odeon theatre in Paris, the Biennale theatre in Venice and the Theatre Lliure in Barcelona.
The actor recalls that Lluis Pasqual had ” changed his life “, in 1981, by assigning him a role at the national theatre in Madrid, before that Almodovar does not run at the cinema in 1982.