South Florida has an impressive stage presence on Broadway this fall, with On Your Feet! — the musical about the lives of superstar couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan — now in previews at the Marquis Theatre (it opens Nov. 5) and New World School of the Arts grad Alex Lacamoire in the pit at the Richard Rodgers Theatre conducting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hotter-than-hot Hamilton, for which Lacamoire did the orchestrations and music direction.
But Off-Broadway is also home to a pair of new projects involving South Florida theater folks.
Arnold Mittelman, head of the National Jewish Theater Foundation, is joining forces with the York Theatre Company to produce Rothschild & Sons, a one-act “reimagining” of the 1970 Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick-Sherman Yellen musical The Rothschilds. Yellen has revised the book, and Harnick has added or revised songs. The show will be recorded, and Mittelman will produce the CD along with John Yap. Robert Cuccioli, who starred in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway, leads the cast as banking family patriarch Mayer Rothschild. The musical is in previews at the York, 619 Lexington Ave., Manhattan, where it opens Oct. 18 and runs through Nov. 8. For information, visit www.yorktheatre.org.
Carbonell Award-winning actor Avi Hoffman is also in previews, starring as Willy Loman in the New Yiddish Rep production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Director Moshe Yassur is using a translation by the great Yiddish actor Joseph Buloff, but he is mixing Yiddish and English to communicate what life was like for the assimilating Loman family in 1940s New York. The production opens Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 22 at the Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St., Manhattan. For information, visit www.castillo.org.