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BABALU-CY!
FROM HAVANA TO HOLLYWOOD

THE ORIGInaL LATIN TRAILBLAZERS- CUGAT & ARNAZ
  • Greg Gomez conducting the 13 piece Latin Big Band
  • Dance Team
  • Girl Singer
  • Highlights from "Babalu-cy! The Art of Desi Arnaz"

Journey back to the WWII era when THE place to be was the ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria with the sizzling new sounds of the resident Xavier Cugat Orchestra! ... the time when Latin dynamo Xavier Cugat brought the heart and soul of his native Cuba to the stages and movie screens across America. Relive the hottest trends of the times when Cugat kicked out record upon record for the conga, the mambo, the cha-cha-cha, and even the Twist as each new dance craze burst into fashion. Hits like “Perfidia” and “Brazil” graced the airwaves of the 40’s and created the musical backdrop for a lush era of sentimental memories!

Of course, many a career was launched with the Cugat band…Dinah Shore…Charo… but Cugat’s greatest protégé was undoubtedly the young Cuban sensation who later went on to become an American household legend as Ricky Ricardo: Desi Arnaz!

Hold onto your seats, because this show is non-stop big band electricity! Immerse yourself in the explosive energy of the Xavier Cugat Orchestra then bask in Greg Gomez’s masterful portrayal of Desi Arnaz’s intoxicating allure! Featuring highlights from the Off-Broadway hit “Babalu-cy”, the original Cugat arrangements, gorgeous Cugat-style costumes and the superb dancing of Tango Romantico, this production leaves one deliciously out of breath and begging for more!

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A Night At The Tropicana

FEATURING CUGAT'S NUGATS
  • Greg Gomez conducting an 8 piece ensemble
  • Girl Singer
  • Highlights from "Babalu-cy! The Art of Desi Arnaz"

For venues looking for that high-impact energy but tailored to a slightly smaller setting, look no further than CUGAT’S NUGATS starring GREG GOMEZ with highlights from BABALU-CY! This show is similar to the large show, but the charts are tailored to Cugat’s smaller 8-piece band. Fondly named by the humorous maestro himself, CUGAT’S NUGATS, A NIGHT AT THE TROPICANA offers the same affectionate look at the two Latin dynamos Cugat and Arnaz without the requirements of the full production.

Babalu-cy! The art of Desi Arnaz

  • An 8 piece ensemble of the Cugat Orchestra
  • Greg Gomez as Desi Arnaz
  • Includes an actress who portrays Desi's loveable crazy redhead.

“BABALU-CY!- The Art of Desi Arnaz” had New York critics shouting “Ole!” when it premiered at New York’s Metropolitan Room, eventually winning a Backstage Bistro Award and moving to Off-Broadway for a run at the Actor’s Temple Theater.  Conceived and written by it’s star, Greg Purnhagen Gomez, the show is an affectionate tribute honoring the great Cuban entertainer who, as the audience discovers, was much more than just a second banana to America’s Favorite Redhead.  Through songs from Arnaz’s catalogue and informative patter, you’ll learn more about Desi’s life and the trail he blazed for Latino performers, including Greg, who, in a twist of fate, has taken over the position as bandleader of the New Xavier Cugat Orchestra.  Join the conga line and dance over to the Tropicana!

 

Dance Events

  • Greg Gomez conducting the 13 piece Latin Big Band or 8 piece combo
  • Girl Singer
  • A mixed repertoire consisting mostly of Latin American standards and some American swing standards

Having played at Ronald Regan’s Inaugural Ball and for Donald Trump’s wedding, you can be sure that The New Xavier Cugat Orchestra will create a memorable experience for your special event, wedding, anniversary, landmark birthday or corporate party.  With hip arrangements of the Latin American standards popularized by Cugat, audiences young and old find it hard to resist the impulse to get up and dance to the intoxicating rhythms