Lesley Abravanel

Emilio Estefan ready to party; composers talk ‘Dora & Friends’; ‘Love Boat’ reunion

Jamie King, writer and director of Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour and Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson One in Vegas, has teamed with Emilio Estefan and executive producer Bernie Yuman to develop, produce, choreograph and score the massive spring 2015 grand opening gala of the hyper luxe Nassau resort Baha Mar.

“I’m honored to work alongside Jamie, Sarkis [Sarkis D. Izmirlian, chairman and CEO of Baha Mar Resorts] Bernie and the executive team at Baha Mar as we bring a new light to the Bahamas,” Estefan said. “Get ready for a party like no one has ever seen before.” We’ll be on the lookout for our invitation.


Two-time Grammy nominee Rosana will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s MO Bar + Lounge, playing songs off her new album 8 Lunas. Tickets to MO Bar Unplugged range from $150 per person for a three-course dinner at Azul, two cocktails and show or $50 per person including two cocktails. Latin Grammy-winning Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Sie7e is also expected to perform. To buy tickets, call 305-913-8383.


Two local composers played a big part in the new tween-skewed Nickelodeon show, Dora and Friends.

Joel Someillan, who lives in Doral, and George Noriega from Davie wrote and produced the music for the new series that shows the adventurous bilingual heroine as older, wiser and cooler — i.e. the trusty Map is now a smartphone; the Backpack a recorder.

Even though they’re grown men, they can relate to the educational cartoon and understand the reason behind her staying power.

“Dora’s stories and themes are timeless and universal and are at the heart of the show,” Someillan said. “We were surprised at first when we saw how much effort and attention to detail goes into each episode, and that continues to this day. None of the people involved in the show take anything for granted and never underestimate the viewers.”

Also being dads helped in the creative inspiration department.

“Having children also makes it easier for us to connect with Dora’s world,” Noriega said. “Our kids were our toughest critics and sent us back to the drawing board more than a few times!”


The original cast of The Love Boat is not only alive and kicking but also will serve as godparents to the new Regal Princess cruise ship, which will be officially named in a ceremony on Nov. 5 at Port Everglades. Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Bernie Kopell and Lauren Tewes will be on hand to christen the 3,560-passenger oceanliner.

Lesley Abravanel & Madeleine Marr