A new set of regulations is set to go into effect on January 16, easing restrictions on travel, business and remittances. The capital city of Havana is hoping to capitalize capitalizing on the changes, and for tourists seeking culture in this Caribbean hot spot, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment has just the answer. In partnership with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts, the Tony Award-winning Rent just opened.
This production marks the first Broadway musical with an all-Cuban cast, musicians and first-class production elements produced in Cuba in more than 50 years. This new production of Rent is part of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment’s ongoing mission to bring Broadway caliber musical theater to new and emerging markets around the globe. “After several years in the making, we’re thrilled to bring this authentic Broadway production to the people of Cuba,” says Robert Nederlander, Jr., “and hope to continue working with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts for years to come.
The Spanish language musical opened on Christmas Eve at Havana’s Bertolt Brecht Theatre to dignitaries and theater people invited by the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts and to the general public on Friday, December 26. The show’s Cuban-American director Andy Señor, Jr. recently told the Miami Herald, “We rocked the roof off the theater.” The first several weekends have sold out with tickets costing the U.S. equivalent of 50 cents. Rent will continue its run through March 2015.