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  La Havana Madrid at Steppenwolf Theatre

La Havana Madrid

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Chicago

La Havana Madrid is an immersive, documentary-style theater experience conceived and written by Sandra Delgado, based on the true story of the 1960s nightclub, La Havana Madrid, which once existed at Belmont and Sheffield in Chicago. Audiences will be invited into an intimate recreation of the lively 1960s music club, with cabaret seating, a bar, a dance floor and a live band.

Thru - May 21, 2017

Show Times TBA

Price: $15-$45

Stage: 1700 Theater

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 312-335-1650

Running Time: 2hrs, 10mins

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  La Havana Madrid Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Delgado, who operates here as a kind of mystical conjurer of stories, works best not when she is waving her arms like a magical storyteller (we get that function without the fluttery fingers) but when she's having fun singing in the socially essential nightclub of the show's title. A big talent who has really found something here, she needs to stay in the spotlight of the fascinating story she has written about our shared hometown."
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Chris Jones

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Sandra Delgado documents the Latinx diaspora in microcosm by focusing her ethnographic survey on a single location—the Havana Madrid club at the corner of Belmont and Sheffield Avenues, in the loft now housing the Milio's Hair Salon. Though operating for barely a decade, in the 1960s, La Havana Madrid was an urban refuge where immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries, united by their common language, congregated to bask nostalgically in the music they remembered."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Rather than tell you all of what this beautiful story has within its spirits, I suggest that you find a way to get to see it for yourself. It is inspiring, it is honest, it is historical and pretty factual. The music played is wonderfully played by Carpacho and his super combo (by the way, Carpacho is played, as a character to perfection by Marvin Quijado (but the real man plays the music). Other cast members are:Mike Oquendo, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel , and the mistress of ceremonies, narrator/story-teller and spirit of the times by Sandra Delgado. WOW! You will find yourself falling in love with her as she brings you into her world. By the way, it is a world you will enjoy being in. I did!"
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Staging such a work at Steppenwolf, a cornerstone of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, is itself a political act. Playing in the company’s eighty seat cabaret theater, “La Havana Madrid” gains much from the intimate setting. Designed as a nightclub, complete with stage and dance floor, the play (directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce) unfolds dreamlike, moving elegantly between its scenes with Delgado herself playing both emcee and the spirit of the long gone club."
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Kevin Greene

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...And the music! Between Delgado’s singing and the dancing that punctuates every vignette, there is an endless life coursing through ‘La Havana Madrid,’ a contagious joy at life and a refusal to accept the status quo. These are quietly revolutionary works, ultimately – works of art that rebuke political correctness, rebuke cultural leveling, rebuke the forces of bigotry that always threaten to take hold in diverse areas. These are the stories that truly make America great, and given that the original run of ‘La Havana Madrid’ is completely sold out – even after it was extended for another week – it’s clear that many, many people recognize that greatness."
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Peter Thomas Ricci

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...La Havana Madrid is a fun, high spirited, interactive show. However, as a history project it felt a bit like a tease. A nightclub is not the best backdrop for unpacking one's hardship and immigration story, but it is a fine place for listening to salsa. It doesn't seem appropriate to be disappointed by this production, so I suggest going to it with a salsa first, immigration narrative second, mindset."
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Emma Terhaar

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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