Zoot Suit (Library Edition Audio CDs) (Audio Theatre Series.)

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Chicano playwright Luis Valdez masterfully uses the Sleepy Lagoon murder case to examine the Chicano Zoot Suit Culture of the 40s. Passionate and provocative, ZOOT SUIT pulses with the beat of Big Band Music and traditional Latin songs.

A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Xochiquetzal Candelaria, Raul Cardona, Daniel Chacon, Estrella Esparza, Primavera Flor-Valdez, Spencer Garrett, Ruben C. Gonzalez, Gregory Itzin, Alma Martinez, Seth Millwood, Marco Rodriguez, Al Ruscio, Daniel Valdez, Katrina Valdez, Kinan Valdez, Lakin Valdez

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LUIS VALDEZ is acknowledged as the founder of modern Chicano theater and film of the United States. Born to migrant farm workers, Valdez spent his early life working in the fields with his family. Valdez joined the United Farm Workers and staged improvisational theater to further the causes of the UFW, which led to the formation of his theater group, El Teatro Campesino. Among his theatrical productions are The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa, Bandido, and I DonÂ’t Have to Show You No Stinking Badges. His film La Bamba (Columbia Tri Star, 1987), the tragic story of singer Ritchie Valens, proved wildly successful and launched the screen careers of Lou Diamond Philips and Esai Morales. He is a faculty member and the founding director of the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.

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This musical examination of the L.A. "zoot suit riots" of 1943 created a sensation when it became the first musical by a Mexican-American to hit Broadway. The author directed a celebrated film version in 1981, which is still circulating on video. The author also directed this audio version, taped before a studio audience and beautifully produced by Raymond Guama. Briskly paced, it is full of Latin fire and lively Big Band and Chicano melodies. But the acting is uneven and--lacking dazzling dances, costumes, and the color of a full production--the action is difficult to follow. Further, the script betrays its cardboard characters and clunky handling of exposition. What can you do with a play about zoot suit culture without zoot suits? The music, under Daniel Valdez's spirited baton, is superb. Y.R. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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