Bésame mucho, el musical
|Bésame mucho, el musical|
|Music||José María Vitier (arranger)|
|Book||Consuelo Garrido, Lorena Maza & Victor Weinstock|
|Basis||Bolero songs from the 20s to 70's|
After successfully presenting ten different Broadway shows in Mexico, OCESA decided to produce their first original musical. A jukebox musical seemed to be the answer, since they were becoming increasingly popular and successful. Timbiriche (a very famous 1980s band in Mexico) was a first choice, but the idea was not appealing enough for older audiences. Another idea was to use Bolero songs from the early 20th century, which are still very popular in Mexico, but again this idea was not good to bring to young audiences, so Federico Gonzalez Compeán decided to work with Consuelo Garrido, Lorena Maza and Victor Weinstock to create a musical with two stories, one of two lovers in the 21st century and one with a young couple in the early 1920s.
The musical is set in two different times and places, the first is Mexico City in 2005 and the other one is Cuba in the 1920s. In 2005 a pianist named Hugo falls in love with Elena, the granddaughter of his neighbor Caridad. Caridad is teaching Elena to sing Boleros for an annual Bolero competition and we learn that when she was younger she was a great singer herself. We go back in time to Cuba where Caridad leaves with her father for Yucatán, where she meets Felipe, a young musician. They fall madly in love and decide to run away together, but Caridad's father stops her and they go back to Cuba. Back in 2005 Caridad warns Elena to stay away from Hugo, who reminds her of Felipe. Back in the past Caridad is now a great singer at a nightclub in Mexico City, and one night Felipe, now a very famous musician, goes to the club and finds Caridad. The two are reunited but soon Caridad finds out he is married and runs away heartbroken. Meanwhile, Hugo is trapped in a love triangle between an office colleague and Elena. He decides to break up with his colleague and starts going out with Elena. One day Elena finds Hugo's colleague at his house and is enraged by this. She wins the bolero contest and leaves to Cuba for the finals, leaving Hugo behind. In the 1950s Caridad is back in Cuba at a concert where she finds Felipe who is now divorced. They are together again but suddenly a fight is started at the club and Felipe dies in Caridad's arms. Hugo decides to go to Cuba to find Caridad and in a fight recalling that of Felipe, he is almost killed. The two return to Mexico City with Caridad who gives them her blessing.
- Siempre! 2005 - - Issues 2716-2724 - Page 74 ..por Federico González Compeán , Bésame mucho , el musical , promete ser una experiencia única en su género : llevar el bolero a rangos de teatro musical , de comedia musical , propiamente dicho .
- Letras libres 2005 - Page 100 Hace unos meses se estrenó en esta ciudad Bésame mucho, el musical. Una costosa producción del grupo OCESA que promete, en sus constantes anuncios, entregarnos "el bolero como nunca lo hemos escuchado".