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New York has West Side Story. L.A. has Grease. Miami has Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz. Point: Miami. No disrespect to Leonard Bernstein — an American legend — but 200,000 people didn’t attend his funeral. Celia wasn’t just the “Queen of Salsa”; she represented an entire idea of her country in absentia, so it’s only right that her music lives on in this adaptation of her work.

After selling out the Knight Concert Hall for its entire run last summer, the show went on to do an international tour that was just as successful. Now, this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., it returns to its rightful home at the Arsht Center and still stars Anissa Gathers as Celia in the role the Sun-Sentinel says she was “born to play.” Spanish is the predominant language, but no English speaker with a drop of blood left will have a problem understanding the infectious rhythms.
June 2-21, 7:30 p.m., 2009


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