This weekend, direct from Colombia, the critically acclaimed international musical sensation "The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung" (La más grande historia jamás cantada) makes its New York debut with a strictly limited, four-performance engagement at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th Street, inside the Time Warner Center), tonight, September 21-23, 2012.
Under the direction of Rob Barron and the artistic production team of the renowned musical theater company Misi Producciones, "The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung" is a family-friendly musical spectacle that spans the lesser-known years in the life of Jesus Christ.
Combining dazzling choreography, original upbeat rhythms, and an energetic cast of more than 85 performers, a joyful and human image of Jesus emerges as the story of his life between childhood and early adulthood surfaces. "The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung" will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles.
"The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung" features book by Arturo Tovar, music and lyrics by María Isabel Murillo, and is sung entirely with foundations in original Latin rhythms combined with jazz, rock and gospel and a chorus of children and adult ensemble, accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra.
This performance is based on an investigation into the life of Jesus that includes the Evangelical canons, the Apocryphal canons, the material from the Dead Sea, as well as the manuscripts of the Nag Hammadi Library.
The Narrator is played by the well-known Mexican tenor Miguel Ángel Ramírez; Jesus, during his adult life, is played by actor and singer Felipe Salazar; Mary is played by fine arts performer and singer Juliana Reyes; and Erwin Barrera is Joseph.
The role of the male devil is shared by dancer/composer Jaime Ortíz and actor/dancer Juan Camilo Castillo, and the female devil is played by pop singer Isa Mosquera.
"The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung" features 85 dancers, singers and actors -- including 35 young performers ages 7 through 18 -- and more than 600 costumes designed by Colombian artisans, sculptors and artists.
María Isabel Murillo Samper, director of Misi Producciones, and composer/lyricist of "The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung," states: "Part of the show's appeal, and overall originality is its depiction of Jesus in a light that doesn't represent any philosophical figure in particular. He instead represents all of Humanity in its essence."
Misi Producciones is the musical theater company with the most substantial Theater Productions in Colombia. The company, which has pioneered in Colombia's performance arts, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Founded by the composer and musical teacher María Isabel Murillo, its two greatest foundations are developing outstanding artists from an early age and producing original and universal musicals, one of them being the first authorized Spanish version of West Side Story, which was mentioned by Arthur Laurents in his autobiography.