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The Maipo Theater, “the cathedral of the Buenos Aires magazine”, celebrates 100 years with its “new” name

On August 15, 1922, the well-known Esmeralda theater, located on the homonymous Buenos Aires street at 443, stopped being called that to be renamed Maipo. It had been inaugurated on May 7, 1908 as the Scala theater.

100 years after that reopening, the Maipo is more current than ever, and celebrates its anniversary with one of the most successful and blockbuster works on the Buenos Aires billboard: the musical Come From Awaywhich has just received 23 nominations for the Hugo Awards for musical theater, a record number in the history of the awards.

For a long time, the Maipo room was considered "The cathedral of the Buenos Aires magazine".

For a long time, the Maipo room was considered “The cathedral of the Buenos Aires magazine”.

One hundred years of figures

According to the chronicles of the time, the “brand new” Maipo revolutionized the Argentineyes The newspapers of those days announced a week of celebrations for the theater that later would be considered “the cathedral of the Buenos Aires magazine”. Every day of that week in August 1922, the theater experienced a party atmosphere.

To celebrate this rebirth as Maipo, on the same August 15, a theatrical film show was presented with the orchestra of maestro Carlos Macchiavelli and the premieres of Nati, la Bilbainita (a Spanish dancer), the songstress Teresita Zaza and the national singer Mario Pardo.

Jorge Porcel, on the Maipo stage.

Jorge Porcel, on the Maipo stage.

On November 21, 1928, the Maipo suffered its first fire during a show that had 300 spectators. Luckily, no deaths occurred.

Years later, more precisely on May 23, 1933, the popular room saw the debut of the legendary Lola Membrives. At that time, the theater housed great actors such as Pepe Arias, Libertad Lamarque, Pedro Quartucci, Juan Carlos Thorry and Florencio Parravicini.​

"Pinti sings 40 and Maipo turns 90", one of the many hits.

“Pinti sings 40 and Maipo turns 90”, one of the many hits.

The room never lost its splendor, seeing figures of the stature of Sofía “La Negra” Bozán, Tita Merello, Nélida Roca, Niní Marshall, Nélida Lobato, Enrique PintiTato Bores, Carlos Perciavalle, Jorge Porcel, Alberto Olmedo, Moria Casán, Alfredo Barbieri, Reina Reech, Antonio Gasalla, Susana Giménez and Nacha Guevara.

In 1994, Lino Patalano arrives at Maipo and brings to the stage dance stars such as Julio Bocca and Eleonora Cassano, or other great theater artists such as Alfredo Alcón, Norma Aleandro and Ricardo Darín, with theatrical successes that took them abroad.

Alfredo Barbieri, another of the figures in the history of Maipo.

Alfredo Barbieri, another of the figures in the history of Maipo.

Home of Broadway Musicals

In 2016, led by Carla Calabrese and the production company The Stage Company, great Broadway plays such as Shrek Y The curious incident of the dog at midnight.

Norma Aleandro, when she starred in the play "Masterclass", ten years ago.

Norma Aleandro, when she starred in the play “Masterclass”, ten years ago.

This year he landed the Come From Awaand, in addition to garnering rave reviews around the world, it garnered seven Tony Award nominations, including a Grammy nomination in 2017 and four Olivier Awards in London in 2019. The Broadway play produced by The Stage Company was created by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, and adds new features starting this week.

A moment from "Come From Away", currently on the bill.  Photo Gaby Machado

A moment from “Come From Away”, currently on the bill. Photo Gaby Machado

The play tells the true story of more than 7,000 passengers from all over the world who landed unexpectedly in the town of Gander, on the island of Newfoundland, and the people of this small Canadian town who welcomed them with solidarity. more pure.

The show is the current theatrical success of the Teatro Maipo and has just received 23 Hugo Award nominations for musical theater, including Best Musical, Best Full Production (The Stage Company), Best General Direction (Carla Calabrese), Best Female Lead (Mela Lenoir) and Best Male Lead Performance (Edgardo Moreira).

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