This musical examination of the L.A. "zoot suit riots" of 1943 created a sensation when it became the first musical by a Mexican-American to hit Broadway. The author directed a celebrated film version in 1981, which is still circulating on video. The author also directed this audio version, taped before a studio audience and beautifully produced by Raymond Guama. Briskly paced, it is full of Latin fire and lively Big Band and Chicano melodies. But the acting is uneven and - lacking dazzling dances, costumes, and the color of a full production - the action can be difficult to follow. The music, under Daniel Valdez's baton, is superb.
(P)2001 L.A. Theatre Works
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