March 15, 2009

On Tuesday, June 30th, 2009, Urban Lifestyle Media (ULM) will present “Boogie Rican Blvd: The Musical” for a limited engagement at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, running from July 1st through July 26, 2009. Written and performed by Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja”, Boogie Rican Blvd. in the Bronx, New York is where the Pacheco family and their colorful collection of friends examine life, love and regret through words, song and dance in front of Don Jose’s bodega.

The multi-faceted De La Luz gives life to seven colorful characters such as Don Jose, the owner of the bodega, patriarch of the family and father of three daughters. Being a “Sugar Papi” full of Latino pride and machismo makes Don Jose call his granddaughter “Papo”, hoping one day she will take over the family business. Don Jose’s daughters are; Maribella, a proud virgin and on the brink of fashion; Cuca, a teen poet who has become pregnant by Pito, the “wanna-be rapper” who is in denial of his seed, and Lola, the eldest daughter, who’s chosen a life of drugs over motherhood.

The extended Boogie Rican Blvd. posse includes: Patchy-the Hip-Hop sneaker friend of Maribella, played by Patricia Marte “PattyDukes”, Chico-Pito’s loyal sidekick, played by Amilcar Alfaro-Martell “RephStar”, Johnny-the handsome and openly gay friend of Maribella, played by Dimitri Minucci, and making her theatrical debut, while sharing the stage with her mother Caridad De La Luz, the young and talented Carina De La Luz-Vazquez, playing Papo-Don Jose’s granddaughter.

Through dance and rhythms from the Caribbean and The Bronx, Boogie Rican Blvd. explores issues such as child abuse, drug addiction, gay bashing, teen pregnancy, and abandonment in a way that leaves you moved, touched and inspired.

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