1953, April 24 – DEBUT OF “EL PATIO DE LA MOROCHA”

It is a recurrent story in literature… in “Fiddler On The Roof” (1971), Tevye a poor Jewish farmer in 19th century Russia has arranged for his daughter Tzeitel to marry a rich butcher but she is in love with her childhood sweetheart…the story surfaces again in the classic Bollywood film “Ram Gi Ganga” (1984) where a poor man with a sick wife contemplates marrying his young, beautiful daughter to a rich man but the daughter wants to marry the neighborhood poor boy…in the stage production “El Patio De La Morocha” an ambitious man wants to marry his daughter off to a wealthy man to finance his political ambitions; however her heart is else where…It was one of the most successful plays in Argentine history; “El Patio De La Morocha” ran for two seasons   and was performed 500 times….the screen play was written by Catulo Castillo and its composer and musical director was Anibal Troilo

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It was a massive production with over twenty actors …the orchestra, directed by Astor Piazzolla, was composed of thirty musicians with an all-star cast including singers Raul Beron, Jorge Casal, Agustin Irusta and Aida Luz…Agustin Irusta would debut the tango “Una Cancion”…Raul Beron and Agustin Irusta, in duo, would debut “Vuelve La Serenata”…Aida Luz premiered “Patio Mio…in one particular scene, Anibal Troilo plays Eduardo Arolas, the ill-fated musical genius who would die a destitute alcoholic alone in Paris at the age of thirty two…the play was inspired by a film version which had been released on August 14, 1951…it was directed by Manuel Romero and starred Virginia Luque and Sofia Bozan…interestingly, the lead role in the play had been offered to Viriginia Luque who turned it down because of a quarrel with the producers…sixty years later the play was again staged to great acclaim premiering on January of 2011 and starring Susana Rinaldi

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