THE STORY OF A MAN WHO FALLS IN LOVE WITH TWO WOMEN,
ONE HE LOVES AS AN ANGEL, THE OTHER HE LOVES AS A WOMAN.
The year is 1939 in a shabby neighborhood in Cincinnatti. Guiseppe 'Seppe' Ancone has just shaken the police after robbing the old man at the convenience store. After a fierce chase, Seppe turns the corner counting his loot and runs into the most beautiful girl he's ever seen, Helen Gold. She falls to the sidewalk and as he reaches down and brings her gently up off the pavement, his arm around her slender waist, his hand still clenching the stolen money; when their eyes meet they instantly fall in love,
By the end of the day, Helen has run away with Seppe on the midnight train to New York City, leaving her alcoholic mother Marilyn to her nightly gin bottle. Upon arrival in New York, they run into Peppers Gonzalez, Seppe's oldest and dearest friend with whom he had lost contact. He steers them uptown to Spanish Harlem where Seppe starts to work in the joint downstairs from their small flat and he hooks up with the underbelly of society Irons Kennedy and Marisol Ferreira.
Seppe is a born lady's man and is at the core insecure and self-deluding in his attempt to build himself up beyond the shame of his meager beginnings. He's therefore ambitious, seeking validation, wanting to be free of poverty, degradation and uncertainty. He worships his wife Helen and strives to make a life for them. But as he is drawn deeper into the underground, the money, women and power go to his head.
He is immediately drawn to Marisol Ferreira with whom he begins to have an affair.
She is a heartless woman scarred by a childhood tragedy, but miraculously in Seppe's arms she is released from her interior torture and opens up to him, and they truly fall in love.
Meanwhile Helen has become pregnant and Seppe is burning the candle at all ends and is beginning to get very sloppy. One night after a big job when he is responsible for a large sum of money, Seppe starts to drink and party and then to gamble. By the end of the night he's lost everything. He goes to Marisol seeking her help, and in his distraught state begs her to release him, as his place is with Helen who is now with child. Only Seppe in his self-delusion could think that Marisol would help him as he's dumping her.
Marisol gives him the impression that she's going to take care of everything but instead, the steel doors of her heart slam shut and she immediately orders his death. Seppe thinks he's being sent down to Miami on another job. Throughout the play Miami has been invoked and has become a symbol of the ideal, their second chance, their salvation. After Seppe leaves, Helen finds out the truth from Peppers and gets on the next train to try to save her husband. At Marisol's demand Irons Kennedy has set up the killing through his Mafia connection in Miami, Guierllmo Estavez, none other than Helen's absentee father. Helen reaches Seppe on South Beach just as he is shot in the back. Running toward her, he falls into her like in the first scene when they fell in love and he dies there in her arms.
Seppe is racing to his end. You hate to love him, you love to hate him. He confounds us with his passionate, soulful charm and his glaring pitfalls of character. Helen strives boldly through this far too fast foreign world. Marisol is somewhere between Heaven and Hell. The music is majestically rich with melody and harmony. The works of Gershwin, Rodgers and Bernstein are held in the highest esteem. Choreography invoked by the score brings forth Ballanchine, Jerome Robbins and Alvin Aily.
I can't wait for folks to see this show!
Napua Davoy presents MIAMI
Storytelling, singing and playing music from her new musical, it's 1939 New York City in Spanish Harlem. With the mixture of jazz, Latino & classical; and a story of romance, betrayal, redemption & tragedy, the reminiscence of West Side Story is unavoidable. Come see this jazz singer's first Broadway musical done in a nutshell