Paulo Afonso de Lima lives in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil,where he has been
for more than thirty years a recognized Theatre Director and Drama
Teacher. Mr. Lima has directed more than seventy plays and musicals in
his Country, including HAMLET, FAUSTO by Goethe, THE DRESSER by Ronald
Harwood, HUGHIE by O'Neill, SONDHEIM TONIGHT (the first time the work
of Stephen Sondhein was presented to a Brazilian audience),FRED AND
JUDY-THE SONGS OF GARLAND AND ASTAIRE, GARDEL-O MUSICAL, WHITE NIGHTS
- a theatrical adaptation of Dostoievsky work, AMERIKA ( a musical
piece on Kafka famous book with music of George Gershwin and Scott
Joplin), LES MISERABLES ( not the musical but the staight adaptation
of Victor Hugo work by French playwright Guy LaForret, with more than
seventy actors. This production was also staged by Mr. Lima in
Portugal with a Portuguese cast), A FALECIDA by Nelson Rodrigues (the
most important Brazilian playwright), OEDIPUS by Sophocles, as well as
university productions of CABARET, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, STEEL PIER,
DANCING IN THE DARK ( a musical approach for the stage of Lars Von
Thiers motion picture - music by Björk),THE BLUE ANGEL by Pam Gems and
recently, SWEENEY TODD (among many others), all of them at CAL, the
most famous drama school in Brazil. Mr Lima is recipient of many
Brazilian theatre awards in his career and in 1983 was invited by the
U.S. Government to visit during one year many American theatre
centers. About the staging of THE DRESSER, Mr Harwood (in Rio de
Janeiro for the opening night) declared to Brazilian newspapers : "Mr.
Lima approach to my play has a theatricality that, in more than fifty
productions worldwide, I have never expected to find. Bravo!". Paulo
Afonso de Lima is a contant researcher of the evolution of the Musical
Theatre in America, in his Country and in the whole world. His book A
BROADWAY É AQUI (Broadway is Here) about the amazing increase of the
American Musical Theatre among Brazilian audience, will reach
Brazilian bookstores later this year.
BWW Reviews: HOW TO SUCCEED Opens in Rio!
March 11, 2013
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Como Vencer na Vida sem fazer Forca) opened in Rio de Janeiro with a revised Brazilian production, directed by top musical theatre directors Claudio Botelho and Charles Moeller. Mr. Botelho and Mr. Moeller will soon reach the London West End and Broadway with BLACK ORPHEUS, produced by American producer Stephen C. Byrd. HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is the 32nd show in their winning careers. Mr. Botelho is also the Brazilian translator of shows like LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MISS SAIGON, MY FAIR LADY, THE KING AND I and ADDAMS FAMILY, to name a few.
SHREK Arrives in Brazil, Dec 14
December 12, 2012
SHREK opens in Rio de Janeiro starring Diego Luri, chosen from among hundreds of actors to be in Brazil, the world's most famous ogre. Along with Diego are names like Sara Sarres (Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Miserables, Jellyrolum in Cats, Anita in West Side Story and recently, Morticia in Addams Family, among many other productions), Rodrigo Sant'Anna (currently the most popular star of Brazilian television), Marcel Octavio (7- o musical e Hair ) as well as veteran actors of musical theatre, like Mauro Gorini (Jeckyl and Hyde, Company), Fabricio Negri, Giulia Nadruz, Conrado Helt and many others.
BWW Reviews: MILTON NASCIMENTO - A Musical Tapestry of Wonders
August 13, 2012
Milton Nascimento - Nada Ser Como Antes, is really a theatrical tapestry of wonders that celebrates the work of one of the most gifted Brazilian composers. At the new Theatro Net in Rio de Janeiro, Moeller and Botelho once again make history in Brazilian Musical Theatre with this delicate piece of stagecraft, beauty and sensibility. A true and definitive winner!
BWW Reviews: Brazilian WIZARD OF OZ is a Sparkling Emerald
June 17, 2012
Charles Moeller and Claudio Botelho bring to Brazil the most expensive musical ever produced here. An amazing concept and strong production values, as well as a gifted cast and creative team, turn the Brazilian production of Wizard of Oz in a landmark of the contemporary musical theater in this Country. Based on the theatrical RSC aproach of the original work (book and motion picture),Moeller and Botelho move in astonishing parallel ways to find their own, unique yellow brick road. The Brazilian Oz is a show to be remembered for years to come.
FORROBODÓ: First Hit Brazilian Musical Celebrates 100 Years with Revival
June 11, 2012
Chiquinha Gonzaga, (1847/1935) was the first woman to compose for the musical theatre in Brazil. Chiquinha was an active citizen, involved in all kinds of social movements that took place during her age in Brazil, such as the Abolition of Slavery and even the Republican movement. Chiquinha is most known for her works for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, such as Abre Alas, and theatrical composition as FORROBOD, which opened at the begining of the last century, on 11th June, 1912. The show had an extraordinary run of 1500 performances. Next month FORROBOD will be revived ( the opening night will be tonight, 11th, June, 2012) with a new production in Rio de Janeiro, brought by Thiago Cantarelli and Vitavision Audiovisual Ltda, with the Musical Direction of Roberto Carelli, also in charge for the new orchestration of the score (based on Gonzaga's originals).
FORROBODÓ: First Hit Brazilian Musical Celebrates 100 Years with Revival!
May 15, 2012
Chiquinha Gonzaga, (1847/1935) was the first woman to compose for the musical theatre in Brazil. Chiquinha was an active citizen, involved in all kinds of social movements that took place during her age in Brazil, such as the Abolition of Slavery and even the Republican movement. Chiquinha is most known for her works for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, such as Abre Alas, and theatrical composition as FORROBOD, which opened at the begining of the last century, on 11th June, 1912. The show had an extraordinary run of 1500 performances. Next month FORROBOD will be revived ( the opening night will be on 11th, June, 2012) with a new production in Rio de Janeiro, brought by Thiago Cantarelli and Vitavision Audiovisual Ltda, with the Musical Direction of Roberto Carelli, also in charge for the new orchestration of the score (based on Gonzaga's originals).
ADDAMS FAMILY, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT & More Now in Brazil!
May 14, 2012
The new Brazilian season of Broadway (and Off-Broadway) musicals is one of the most fabulous of the recent years. Besides THE ADDAMS FAMILY, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, CABARET and FAME are now on stage in Brazil.Next month THE WIZARD OF OZ and NEXT TO NORMAL open in Rio de Janeiro. Auditions for the forthcoming production of LION KING are also in progress.HOW TO SUCCEEDD IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYNG opens in August and END OF THE RAINBOW will open in So Paulo after a successful run in Rio. What a year!!!!
The Brazilian Broadway: Old Tiradentes Square revived in Rio!
January 24, 2012
AS MIMOSAS DA PRAA TIRADENTES, a musical about the theatrical roots of Rio de Janeiro and the old Praa Tiradentes (Tiradentes Square) where the Brazilian Musical Theatre was born, is a smash in Rio!
BWW Reviews: END OF THE RAINBOW - A Brazilian Theatre First Lady is Born
November 16, 2011
With the opening of O FIM DO ARCO IRIS ( End Of the Rainbow), in Rio de Janeiro, with the author Peter Quilter in the audience, Moeller and Botelho put once more in a higher level the Brazilian Musical Theatre, this time with the help of Claudia Netto (of 'Company', 'Avenue Q' and The King And I' fame), as Judy Garland. Claudia give us, for sure, the greatest musical and dramatic performance of a Brazilian actress in this new century.
ON BROADWAY!: A Revue of Showstoppers at Teatro Ipanema in Rio!
October 12, 2011
O TEATRO IPANEMA est apresentando todos os sbados s 19 horas o espetculo ON BROADWAY - OS GRANDES MUSICAIS, uma viagem pelo mundo mgico e irresistvel do teatro musical.
BWW Exclusive: Claudio Botelho Talks Cameron Mackintosh & THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK in Brazil
August 26, 2011
Brazilian directors Charles Moeller & Claudio Botelho just received from Cameron Mackintosh greeting cards about the premiere of 'The Witches of Eastwick ' in Brazil. Mr. Botelho tells BWW, in a exclusive interview to Mr. Paulo Afonso de Lima,our Editor in Brazil, about their relationship with Sir Mackintosh, as well the next musicals they will produce soon in the Country.
THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK opens in Brazil!
August 8, 2011
Chega ao Brasil mais um grande musical produzido pela TIME FOR FUN: As Bruxas de Eastwick, adaptao do filme homnimo, baseado no livro de John Updike, que estreia no Teatro Bradesco (Bourbon Shopping - Rua Turiass, 2.100), em 14 de agosto e cumpre curta temporada de quatro meses em So Paulo.
GOLDEN COPA - History of Copacabana Beach Musical Opens in Rio
July 26, 2011
GOLDEN COPA - O MUSICAL DE COPACABANA celebrates at Teatro Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, the musical History of Copacabana Beach from the beginning of the last century to today. The big casinos, the carnival as well as the birth of Bossa Nova are revived with 35 songs, actors, singers, dancers and a multimidia device. GOLDEN COPA is a valentine to the most famous beach in the world and the most beautiful place in Rio.
BWW Reviews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - a Musical Masterpiece in Brazil!
May 20, 2011
The new Brazilian production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (the first one was in the sixties) is a joy which makes Brazilian theatre profissionals proud of it. After COMPANY, AVENUE Q, SPRING AWAKENING, THE SOUND OF MUSIC,GYPSY and HAIR (all suberbs) Meller and Botelho with this wonderful FIDDLER reached a point of no return: they have put Brazilian production and artistics values of Broadway musicals in a state of perfection that only the original and legendary ones can be compared.
CASSINO DA URCA: a Brazilian musical opens in Rio!
April 18, 2011
The most famous casino in South America during the 30's and the 40's, the place where Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Bing Crosby, Illona Massey were top stars and Lee Shubert discovered Carmen Miranda for the world, is the subject of a new Brazilian musical, CASSINO DA URCA in Rio.
BWW Reviews: EVITA Revival is a Smash in Brazil!
April 11, 2011
A new production of EVITA, the first one conceived and designed by a Brazilian creative team, opened to rave reviews at TEATRO ALFA, So Paulo, Brazil.
In the middle of Rio de Janeiro forest a Musical Theatre dive!
March 13, 2011
Due to the fabulous increase of Musical Theatre productions in Brazil, CAL-Casa das Artes de Laranjeiras, the most famous Drama School and Theatrical Research Institution in the Country, located in the middle of the amazing Rio de Janeiro forest, opened a program of several Musical Theatre workshops called MUSICAL THEATRE DIVE (MERGULHO NO MUSICAL). The project is directed by Mirna Rubim, a distinguished Brazilian singer and actress (THE SOUND OF MUSIC, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES) with the colaboration of Menelick de Carvalho.
Scorsese's NEW YORK NEW YORK among the shows opening in Brazil in 2011!
January 22, 2011
NEW YORK NEW YORK (with a stage adaptation of Earl Mac Rauch) EVITA, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF,WITCHES OF EASTWICK,BABY as well as CASSINO DA URCA (a Brazilian original musical) are among the shows in the works for 2011 in Rio de Janeiro and So Paulo.
BWW Reviews: HAIR- The Sun Shines in Rio
November 8, 2010
O que poderia escrever um crtico de arte estando cara a cara com a MONALISA no Museu do Louvre? E um crtico literrio analisando os defeitos e as qualidades de OS MAIAS de Ea de Queiroz? Um crtico de msica teria como criticar a NONA de Bethoven? Pois . Seria muita pretenso. Essas divagaes associadas crtica de um espetaculo de Teatro Musical, ou melhor de um musical da Broadway de 40 anos de idade, montado e interpretado por brasileiros em 2010, pode parecer uma GRANDE E DESPROPORCIONAL tolice. Mas no . O HAIR de Claudio Botelho e Charles Meller s estreou h dois dias mas, podem acreditar, j entrou para a Histria. Histria de uma manifestao teatral ou de uma 'preferencia', vamos assim definir o musical, que no Brasil teve uma penosa trajetria para os que faziam de suas vidas uma sacrificada 'defesa' (no sentido jurdico da palavra) do genero, argumentando, tentando explicar ao pai, a me, aos vizinhos (numa era que INTERNET bem poderia ser o nome esquisito de um inferninho em Copacabana) o 'porque' de se amar uma coisa to descabida, esquisita e 'suspeita'.Eu, por exemplo, no tenho pejo em dizer, saa muitas vezes da minha casa em Laranjeiras, s quatro da manh das teras feiras, para esperar ansioso na Banca da General Osrio a kombi que trazia, de uma 'tacada', o VARIETY e o NEW YORK TIMES de domingo, que ia, num gesto de desmedida alienao todo para o lixo, com excesso claro do suplemento ARTS & LEISURE que era folheado e refolheado durante por toda a semana. Isso at a proxima madrugada de tera feira chegar. E os Lps? Biblioteca do IBEU!!!! Quantas vezes THE MUSIC MAN, BYE BYE BIRDIE e OLIVER sumiam do grande arquivo cheio de gavetes e as multas uma simptica bibliotecria, chegavam a abalar o oramento domstico. Depois veio a 'portinha' de uma loja chamada MODERN SOUND, que era mesmo moderna: vendia,acreditem ou no, musicais da Broadway!!! Nesta poca o CD poderia tambem ser o ttulo de uma pera rock, pois simplesmente no existia em nenhum dicionrio (e desconfio, materialmente, no mundo). Tempos mgicos para ns eram aqueles, que seramos bem capazes de esbofetear uma bisav se ela ousasse falar mal de MINHA QUERIDA LADY ou de IRMA LA DOUCE.
Marilia Pera Directs New Brazilian Musical: THE GIRL IN THE RED BIKINI
October 14, 2010
MARILIA PERA, one of the living legends of the Brazilian Theatre (she was the first woman in the whole world to play the Ben Vereen role in a production of Pippin)directs A GAROTA DO BIQUINI VERMELHO (GIRL IN THE RED BIKINI),a Brazilian bio-musical about Sonia Mamede- a legendary Brazilian movie, musical theatre and television star.
DIETRICH bio musical opens in Rio: Brazilian star Sylvia Bandeira is Dietrich on stage!
September 27, 2010
A biografia musical 'Marlene Dietrich - as pernas do sculo', primeira montagem teatral brasileira sobre Marlene Dietrich, estreia dia 1 de outubro prximo no Solar de Botafogo. A pea conta com texto especialmente escrito pelo dramaturgo Aimar Labaki, e direo de William Pereira. No papel ttulo est Sylvia Bandeira, ao lado de Jos Mauro Brant, Marciah Luna Cabral e Silvio Ferrari. O patrocnio de Light / Lei de ICMS; B. Braun e Neoenergia / Lei Rouanet.
É COM ESSE QUE EU VOU: a samba musical opening in Brazil!
August 21, 2010
Claudio Botelho and Charles Meller after a wonderful concept of GYPSY (a solid hit, now in So Paulo) and before a big production of HAIR, open in Rio a musical with the best of the most important Brazilian rhythm: the samba.
Photo Flash: THE WILD PARTY in Rio de Janeiro
July 15, 2010
The first Brazilian production of Joseph M. March epic poem THE WILD PARTY just opened at Teatro Ipanema in Rio, with music by Brazilian composers Ronaldo Dal'Bianco and Jeronimo Azevedo.
THE WILD PARTY Opens in Brazil
July 3, 2010
A VERSION OF JOSEPH MONCURE MARCH WORK OPENS IN BRAZIL WITH AN ORIGINAL SCORE BY BRAZILIAN COMPOSERS RONALDO DAL'BIANCO AND JERONIMO MENEZES.
Actor, dancer, choreographer and director: CARLOS LEÇA now in La Cage Aux Folles
June 9, 2010
O MAMBEMBE: A 1904 BRAZILIAN MUSICAL REVIVED IN RIO!
May 24, 2010
O MAMBEMBE foi escrito em 1904 pelo maior dramaturgo brasileiro no gnero dos musicais: Artur Azevedo (em colaborao com Jos Piza). De l para c foram muitas montagens da pea, sempre com grande sucesso de pblico e crtica.
Suely Guerra's dance musical piece based on Jose Saramago: JANGADA DE PEDRA.
May 22, 2010
Created by one of the most distinguished Brazilian Musical Theatre choreographers, Suely Guerra and her COMPANHIA DA IDIA,JANGADA DE PEDRA ( STONE RAFT) based on the book of Portuguese writer Jose Saramago opens in Rio de Janeiro for a limited engagement.
ZORRO: Gypsy Kings musical opens in Brazil.
May 20, 2010
BWW Review: GYPSY- Brazilian Musical Theatre state of the art.
May 1, 2010
The Brazilian production of GYPSY is, for sure, the highest point a Broadway musical ever achieved in Brazil.
GYPSY Brazilian production opening in Rio!
April 21, 2010
Sucesso na Broadway, 'Gypsy' j ganhou vrias montagens, numa prova de que resiste ao tempo e s modas. Agora, a dupla Charles Meller & Claudio Botelho est trazendo o musical para o Brasil, com estreia no Rio de Janeiro, no Teatro Villa-Lobos.
CHARLIE BROWN in Brazil !
April 2, 2010
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN chega pela primeira vez aos palcos brasileiros com o ttulo em portugus de MEU AMIGO, CHARLIE BROWN. musical baseado nas conhecidas histrias em quadrinhos criada pelo desenhista Charles M. Schulz em 1950 (e at hoje publicada em milhares de jornais de todo o mundo).
Neither LIPPA nor LACHIUSA: a Brazilian WILD PARTY !
March 23, 2010
A BRAZILIAN 'THE WILD PARTY' IS IN THE WORKS WITH ORIGINAL BOOK AND SCORE.
SPRING AWAKENING: Sao Paulo opening!
March 16, 2010
BEATLES Brazilian musical: after a sensation in Lyon, France, is back in Rio!
March 7, 2010
Elogiado pela crtica e pblico, com mais de 140 mil espectadores em dois anos, depois de uma muito bem sucedida temporada em Lyon, Frana, o musical BEATLES NUM CEU DE DIAMANTES (BEATLES IN A DIAMOND SKY)volta em curta temporada aos palcos do Rio. Criado e dirigido pela dupla Charles Meller e Claudio Botelho e produzido pela Aventura Entretenimento, o musical se consagrou ao propor algo simples e praticamente indito: uma viso teatral para o legado deixado pelos Beatles. A reestreia ser nesta sexta-feira, no Espao Rio Sul de Cultura e Entretenimento, em Botafogo, mais um espao no Rio para a apresentaes de grandes musicais.
Ruy Castro's ERA NO TEMPO DO REI is now a Brazilian musical!
February 28, 2010
Natural de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, o jornalista Ruy Castro atravs de uma entrevista com Tom Jobim recolheu o material inicial para seu primeiro livro, CHEGA DE SAUDADE em 1990. A obra o consagrou e foi rapidamente seguida por O ANJO PORNOGRAFICO em 1992 e ESTRELA SOLITARIA: UM BRASILEIRO CHAMADO GARRINCHA em 1995. Sua ultima biografia, CARMEN, a vida de Carmen Miranda, em 2004, uma obra indisputavel.
CATS : A Brazilian Production Opens in Sao Paulo!
February 26, 2010
Jerry Herman's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Opens in Rio
February 23, 2010
A GAIOLA DAS LOUCAS (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES) estreia no Brasil dirigida por Miguel Falabella (THE PRODUCERS, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN,GODSPELL),que protagoniza a histria ao lado de Diogo Vilela (CABARET). A montagem ter 25 atores, 40 trocas de cenrios, 300 figurinos, 100 perucas e 350 mudanas de luz.
THE KING AND I Opens in Sao Paulo!
February 17, 2010
Dirigido por Jorge Takla e com direo musical do maestro Jamil Maluf, O REI E EU (THE KING AND I) finalmente estreia no proximo dia 27 de fevereiro em So Paulo.
CARNIVAL IN RIO: The Greatest Show on Earth
February 15, 2010
The three biggest nights are Sunday, Monday and Saturday(20th)with the the Samba Schools parade , with a cast of 40.000 performers. These performances ares considered the greatest open air musical shows in the whole world. Each one of the Samba Schools presents a plot through music, dance, costumes and floats.
Modern Brazilian Carnival originated in Rio de Janeiro in 1640, when the city's bourgeoisie imported the practice of holding balls and masquerade parties from Paris. Later, a rhythm called SAMBA was developed by African descendents and the Samba Schools were created, absorbing elements derived from Native Brazilians and African cultures.
Samba schools are very large groups of performers, who work year round in preparation for the Carnival. Samba Schools perform in the Sambodromo,an open air theatre created only for this purpose. The Sambodromo is located close to the city center. In the city of Rio, the parades start on 20:00 or 21:00 (depending on the date) and ends around 5:00 in the morning. The Rio de Janeiro subway, operates 24 hours during the main parade days.
Samba Schools take part of an official competition, divided into twelve groups, in which a single school is declared the winner, according to costume, flow, theme, and band music quality and performance.
But the Carnival is comemorated not only in Rio:
rhythm, participation, and costumes vary from one region of Brazil to another. So Paulo, has a parade led by Samba Schools, too. Minor groups (called 'blocos') allowing public participation can be found in Rio, So Paulo as well as in other cities. The northeastern cities of Salvador, Porto Seguro and Recife have organized groups parading through streets and the people interacts directly with them. Crowds follow the 'trio eltricos' floats through the city streets. Also in northeast, Olinda carnival features unique characteristics, part influenced by Venice Carnival mixed with cultural despections of local folklore.
Nota: devido natureza do tema esta coluna est sendo publicada excepcionalmente em Ingles.
The three biggest nights are Sunday, Monday and Saturday(20th)with the the Samba Schools parade , with a cast of 40.000 performers.
O DESPERTAR DA PRIMAVERA (SPRING AWAKENING) Original Brazilian Cast released.
February 8, 2010
Quando um musical, seja ele brasileiro ou no, registrado em CD sempre um motivo para festa.O DESPERTAR DA PRIMAVERA (SPRING AWAKENING), o espetaculo mais premiado da temporada,em sua primeira montagem na America Latina, depois de uma carreira gloriosa no Teatro Villa Lobos no Rio de Janeiro e j arrumando as malas para se apresentar em So Paulo, ganhou finalmente seu ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM.