Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Damrosch Park Bandshell
New York, NY
Larry Harlow’s HOMMY: A Latin Opera
Created by Larry Harlow
Words and Music by Larry Harlow and Jenaro “Heny” Álvarez
Conducted by Larry Harlow
Featuring vocalists Ray de la Paz, Michael Stuart, Herman Olivera, Emo Luciano, Luisito Rosario, Adonis Puentes, Frankie Vasquez, and Lissett Morales
Narrated by Ismael Carlo
Featuring the Masacote Dance Company
With special guest star Roberto Roena and a full symphony orchestra and chorus
At a red-hot peak in the ’70s, this pianist, composer, producer, and driving force of over 200 Fania albums had a vision to expand salsa’s possibilities. He penned a Spanish-language opera about a deaf and blind percussion wizard, inspired by The Who’s Tommy. Premiering at Carnegie Hall, sparking multiple hits, and re-launching the career of salsa queen Celia Cruz, it has taken 40 years for Harlow’s magnum opus to blaze back to the stage, complete with a 60-piece orchestra and choir. Harlow is joined by a line-up of next generation stars, including Miami’s Lissett Morales, niece of Celia Cruz, as La Gracia Divina.
Michael Stuart y Su Tremendo
Kicking off the evening, Puerto Rico’s Michael Stuart and his band play the charismatic salsero and actor’s beloved, Latin Grammy-winning favorites.