Preview: Paquito Forever Returns to Live at Zédel

Paquito Forever Live at Zedel
Paquito Forever Live at Zedel

Paquito Forever –a one-man cabaret show by the brilliant Joan Vázquez– is back this next season at Live At Zédel, after a successful one-night try-out last Spring.

Paquito Forever is a new musical written by Fran Arráez and Gerard Alonso and directed by Victor Alvaro. Paquito Forever will come back to London for one night only at The Crazy Coqs, Live at Zédel on Wednesday 16th January 2019, 9.15pm. The show will be performed in English.

Paquito Forever is an intimate and personal account of the real-life adventures of Paquito (Paco) Alonso, a gay Catalonian growing up wanting to be a dancer in Franco’s post-war Spain but grafting his way out to reach the bright lights of Broadway and beyond.

Joan Vázquez –accompanied on the piano by writer Gerard Alonso– brings an evening of stand-up comedy, flamenco, blues, jazz, dancing and a tiny little bit of cross-dressing.

After his London debut at The Crazy Coqs to rave reviews in 2016 with Something’s Coming: A Sondheim Tribute and his acclaimed New York City debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joan Vázquez is thrilled to bring Paquito Forever again to Live At Zédel.

Regarding this return to the Crazy Coqs, Joan says: “Barcelona audiences fell in love with Paquito from the start. He was quite a well-known figure there so I guess the show became his memory for those who knew him. I was expectant to see how London audiences would react to such a Spanish character in the Zédel première. To my surprise, I could feel a lot of empathy for the character coming from the audience that night. They got him. I guess there’s something very human in Paco that transcends!

The show –that has won a National award for Best Actor in Spain and received Critics’ Award nominations for Best Show in Barcelona– is the tale of a strong willed and courageous figure who refuses to let adversity, failure or even bigotry stop him being a success.

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