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The Cuban And The Redhead

2008 Festival

Robert Bartley

Michelle Blakely, Jessica Carter, Miguel Cervantes, Jenn Colella, Philip D'Amore, Hattie Davis, Eileen Galindo, Morgan James, Eliseo Roman, Roland Rusinek, Jay Russell, Tim Salamandyk, Cheryl Stern, Kirsten Wyatt and Tony Yazbeck

Contact for Rights

Danny Whitman (212)564-7671

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 3
Number of Principals (Female): 4
Preferred Ensemble Size: 8
Total Cast Size: 15
Casting Notes:

Female chorus could be larger than 4 and male chorus could be larger than 4.

Genre & Style:

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Escaping the bloodshed of his native Island, a young Cuban boy sets sail on a turbulent journey that leads him all the way to Hollywood and into the arms of a fiery, redheaded movie star named Lucille Ball. At the climax of The Cuban and The Red Head, Desi and Lucy put their money, their trust and their dreams on the line in a gamble to save one thing—their marriage. They risk it all on an untested medium called television. Can these two star crossed lovers blaze a path that defies Hollywood and history to be together? (formerly known as Dance With Me).

Development History

The Cuban and The Redhead most recently was featured in the Festival of New American Musicals starring Jai Rodriguez, Fleur Philips and Leslie Easterbrook in Los Angeles in July of 2008, following a staged reading at New York City’s York Theatre Company featuring Tony Yazbeck and Jen Colella, and was a finalist in 2008 Eugene O’Neil Music Theatre Conference. Prior to this, The Cuban and The Redhead (formerly titled Dance With Me) was seen in various incarnations in readings at Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse and Theatre Arlington.

Festival Successes

Staged readings at Village Theatre (WA) in 2009 and ReVision Theatre (NJ) in 2010.