Jul 21 - Aug 20, 2017
Approximate running time:
2 hours including one intermission
"Heartfelt and fascinating"— Chicago Tribune
Playwright Sandra Delgado on La Havana Madrid
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Chicago’s legendary 1960s nightclub comes bursting back to life in a "heartfelt and fascinating" (Chicago Tribune) musical celebration of the city’s Latino community.
Step back into 1960s Chicago and La Havana Madrid, the long-gone Caribbean night club that drew throngs of newly-arrived Latinos to the city’s north side. Inspired by real stories, this intimate recreation of the vibrant music venue immerses audiences in the pulsing sounds of live mambo and salsa. Don’t miss it!
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Press & Reviews
In the middle of the 1940s, an employment agency named Castle, Baron and Associates began advertising Chicago factory jobs in Puerto Rico; those who made the move north were mostly single. As they found partners and formed communities, they found a city that would force them into constant displacement.
One notable factoid about La Havana Madrid, the subject of an affecting new play by Teatro Vista's Sandra Delgado, is its former location: a prominent hot spot for Chicago's Latino community in the 1960s, the nightclub once resided on the corner of Belmont and Sheffield in Lakeview.
On a visit to Cuba several years ago, before the death of Fidel Castro, a rather astonishing public sculpture caught my eye. It was a giant oar, and was placed (as part of the Havana Art Biennial) in a prominent position along the Malecon, the great seawall overlooking the Caribbean.
If you happen to be in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood any time soon you might want to stand at the corner of Belmont and Sheffield and look up to the second floor of the building on the intersection's southeast corner now occupied by Milio's Hair Salon.
Sandra Delgado goes digging into Lakeview's lost Latinx legacy, with charming and edifying results. Note: La Havana Madrid returns for an encore run at the Goodman Theatre July 21 to August 20, with some cast changes. Below is our original review.