Princeton Entertainment co-produced Miami Libre as a sit-down production in the summer of 2008 with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and IMG Artists. Featuring Miami’s own Grammy-nominated timba band, Tiempo Libre, the show is a passionate celebration of Cuban music and the millions who carry it in their hearts. Miami Libre is the story of a Cuban man fulfilling his dreams of living in the United States.
Through live music and dance, Miami Libre takes the audience through the young man’s experience in Cuba and as a new immigrant in Miami: the powerfully beautiful religious ceremonies of Santería (the Afro-Cuban religion of the island), the celebratory drumming and dance of rumba, the outrageously festive rhythms of congas and comparsas, the ecstatic, trance-inducing beats of timba. Through flashbacks to earlier times, the audience re-lives the classic days of Cuban dance and musical giants like Beny More, Perez Prado and Bola de Nieve. They experience the sorrow of goodbyes – the loneliness of the passage through the Straits of Florida – and the shock of encounter with a new life and culture. Lastly, a cathartic and exultant finale – in the present, the show culminates with the audience invited to dance on stage with the show’s eighteen spectacular dancers. Miami Libre is an exciting evening of music and dance that inspires and enlightens audiences on a festive evening.