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‘Kings’ finds lead

Camil to take on Castillo brothers with Morales

Mexican film, TV and recording star Jaime Camil will make his Broadway debut in new tuner “The Mambo Kings.” He and the previously announced Esai Morales will play, respectively, brothers Nestor and Cesar Castillo.

Camil stars in Televisa series “Mujer de Madera,” which airs in the U.S. on Univision. He also hosted the Mexican broadcast of the Academy Awards and starred in an acclaimed production of “West Side Story” in Mexico City. He also has recorded two successful solo albums: “Una Vez Mas” in 2002 and “Para Estar Contigo” in 1999.

Joining Camil in “Mambo Kings” are Albita, Justina Machado and Billy Dee Williams.

Daryl Roth and Jordan Roth are producing the tuner, which has a book by Oscar Hijuelos, based on his novel, music by Carlos Franzetti and lyrics by Arne Glimcher, who also directs. Choreography is by Sergio Trujillo.

Sets will be designed by Riccardo Hernandez, costumes by Ann Roth and lighting by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer. Constantine Kitsopoulos is musical director.

Performances begin July 20 at the Broadway Theater for a scheduled opening of Aug. 18. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theater hosts a pre-Broadway engagement May 24-June 19.

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