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I Have Been Writing This Story My Entire Life: A Timeless New Musical About The Cuban-American Experience

August 15, 2023

Entertaining, uplifting and enlightening, Always Remember has something for everyone! This Highly-Acclaimed World Premiere Musical is taking South Florida by storm! Cuban-Born American Marilyn Morales has written the definitive and timeless new musical about the Cuban-American Experience – which speaks to the ageless plight of all refugees. This epic work is a love letter to all people who have sought liberty – and will be enjoyed by audiences for generations to come!

“Rarely does a work … shout for joy with all the necessary professional ingredients of a successful commercial musical like Marilyn Morales’ Always Remember. Keep your eye on this one. It’s destined for a big future.” Lorraine Lucciola, Arts & Entertainment Writer, New England.

“…(Marilyn Morales) captures so much of the Cuban story in a vital and intimate way!” Rorianne Schrade, Concert Pianist, Music Reviewer, New York, New York.

Morales will be joined by husband and arranger, Kirk Whipple, in an enchanting evening of songs from her ground-breaking new show. The duo will be joined by Vocal and Theater Luminaries: Megan Barrera - Soprano, Carlton Cornish - Tenor, Sebastian Hernandez - Baritone, Catherine Magariño - Soprano, Gerardo José Ortega - Tenor and Craig Wheeler - Baritone. Featured on the program will be Rafael Valencia, Bass and Tony Lopez, Drums.

This epic full-scale work is a love letter to all people who have sought liberty. The intriguing narrative, unforgettable songs, rich original musical score, bold dialogue and dance combine to make a thrilling live experience that will be enjoyed by audiences for generations to come!

A Message From the Creator:
I lived this.

My beloved family, much like the Santos family in Always Remember, left Cuba with nothing more than the clothes we were wearing and one suitcase of personal belongings for the five of us. This work is dedicated to my parents and to the countless refugees who have made the greatest personal sacrifices for the hope of a better future for their children.

While the story is a fiction, every single scene, dialogue and word in this show comes from my experience or a family member's story – or from well-researched documented accounts. As a narrative of our Cuban Culture, I have been writing the story of Always Remember my entire life. And now, with the eyes of the world taking a hard look at the Cuban-American experience, the time is now for this to see the light of day.

At intermissions and following showcase performances, I have been deeply gratified to receive very emotional responses from fellow Cuban refugees - as well as those from other countries. I am happy to say that my story appears to be resonating with those who have attended the showcases so far.

From an overarching artistic perspective, I sought to craft this work in the grand tradition of the classic and enduring musicals. This is an honest work, as it is the work of my life - my Magnum Opus. There are 23 songs in Always Remember. The styles that I employ, i.e. Guaguanco, Mambo, Rumba, Tango and, contrastingly, Salsa, Rock Ballade, Broadway-Style Numbers and Incidental Music have been painstakingly integrated into the fabric of the story.

I am very lucky to have connected with an extraordinary team of artists and technicians, who have been faithful to the vision of Always Remember. My husband Kirk is my Arranging Assistant and Dialogue Consultant. Theatrical Consultant Michael Duarte, Fine Arts Specialist Lilia Fontana, Actor and Director Brad Shank, Vocal Coach Manny Perez and Public Relations Specialist Arely Ruiz are just the tip of the iceberg of talented and passionate professionals who have advised me on my journey.

My motivation to create Always Remember came from my time in California in the 1990’s. I was exasperated from hearing so many uninformed people tell me how "wonderful things are in Cuba." My angst got the best of me, and I decided to communicate the story of many Cuban refugees in the best way I know: through the organic fusion of music, lyrics and story. I longed to create a story, score and set of songs that could stand the test of time against the likes of West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Madame Butterfly and other musicals and operas I cherished from childhood.

In the grander context of my life, the creation of this show is allowing me to express myself in every way possible. I am telling the story of my life and that of many fellow Cubans, and I have created a musical I believe in with all my heart.

The performances will be held on Saturday, September 9th, 2023 - 8:00 p.m., at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets are available starting at $40.00.

Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. You can purchase tickets online at: By phone at: (877) 311-7469. Or: (954) 462-0222. Or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. Noon to 5:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call: (954) 660-6307.

FREE parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in front of the Aventura Community Recreation Center and the Aventura City of Excellence School.

Valet service is available for most performances at $20 per vehicle. Valet parking is located at the main entrance of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in the circular drive. There is a convenient drop-off area in front of the building.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at: 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180.

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