February 14th, 2014 | By admin
Scene Stealers was invited to attend the grand Opening of The Happiest Song Plays Last at the Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater. The Happiest Song Plays Last, was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
Plot: Cousins Elliot and Yaz, having long searched for their place in the community, discover the joy in coming home again and the comfort of family, both by blood and by love. While Elliot gets a lucky break in the film business, Yaz takes on the role of familial and neighborhood matriarch, nourishing those that pass through her door. Beating to the sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music led by the Grammy-nominated Nelson González , The Happiest Song Plays Last invites you to spend a year with Elliot and Yaz on their journey to peace and purpose in an ever-changing world.
Music Director Nelson Gonzalez worked with legends like Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri to name a few. He was perfect for this production, giving the play that authentic Latin flavor! It was a beautiful story about making peace with your past, appreciation and fighting for what you believe in.
The cast includes Tony Award nominee Anthony Chisholm (Radio Golf, Jitney), Dariush Kashani (Homebody/Kabul at BAM, Mark Taper Forum and New York Theatre Workshop), Tony Plana (The Boys of Winter, Zoot Suit, “Ugly Betty”), Armando Riesco (Water by the Spoonful), Annapurna Sriram (Pericles at Berkeley Rep) and Lauren Vélez (“Dexter”). Velez replaced the previously announced Elizabeth Rodriguez in the role of Yaz.
The Happiest Song Plays Last is the third in Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Elliot trilogy of plays that began with ‘Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,’ a play about a young Marine coming to terms with his time in Iraq and his father’s and grandfather’s service in Vietnam and Korea. The second play in the trilogy, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama ‘Water by the Spoonful,’ received its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre in 2013, and continues the story of Elliot, who returns home to Philadelphia from Iraq haunted by demons from the past.
Following the production we enjoyed some empanadas, chips with Gaucomole and quesadillas from Chips & Salsa and Complimentary beer by Dyckman Beer.