Tito Nieves Comes Back Home
Photo: Singer Tito Nieves continues to represent the crème de la crème of NYC salseros @ Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
( October 21, 2017) Lehman Center for the Performing Arts opened its arms to welcome back home salsa tenor Tito Nieves. The endearing singer, recognized world-wide as “El Pavarotti de la Salsa,” returned to The Bronx, having just finished a successful run with the hit off-Broadway show “I Like It Like That” (PRTT).
The show opened with a performance by Bronx-Dominican comedian Ruperto Vanderpool. He warmed up to the largely Boricua audience with his stereotype laden monologue that often strained the limits of good taste.
The Puerto Rico born Tito Nieves made his appearance at the Lehman Center concert entering from behind the audience. He was smooth as ever, delivering his repertoire of hit songs, then engaging his fans with familial chatter and anecdotes between jams.
Well into the first act, Nieves dropped a special surprise on his audience by bringing the talented Grizel Del Valle onto the stage. The Boricua actress known by many as “Chachi” was also on the cast of the theatrical production of “I Like It Like That.” Together they superbly performed the salsa version of the Brazilian classic “Usted Abuso,” in homage to the legendary “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz.
However, the excitement did not end there, as Nieves convinced his co-star to invoke her praised musical portrayal of the great Cuban songstress La Lupe. Fortunately, the band with Bobby Allende (congas) and Marc Quiñones (timbales) backing up Nieves rose to the occasion impeccably. Del Valle’s re-enactment of La Lupe’s “El Carbonero” brought the house to the verge of inspired pandemonium.
A Bronx night to remember.
For more info about upcoming shows at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts; goto: http://lehmancenter.org/new-season-2017-2018-at-lehman-center/.
Link to the Taínas Unidas Puerto Rico recovery drive, as represented by Ms. Del Valle at the concert, https://tainasunidas.nationbuilder.com/donate.