Hemingway’s Havana gives us a taste of Cuba in the 1950s, combining music, song, dance and memories from Ernest Hemingway’s secretary who later married his son.
The dancing is a spectacular mix of Mambo and Cha-Cha. The choreography is slick and the dancers are clearly having fun with the performance as they show off moves such as pouring a drink and drinking it while dancing.
The music and vocals are infectious and uplifting, Everyone in the audience itching to get up and dance to it. In fact, many do end up on stage at the end of the show as the dancers invite audience members to join them (so be warned – if you don’t like this idea don’t sit on an aisle!!).
One thing which detracts slightly form the show is that the narration is not quite as slick as the music and dance. However, it does set the scene well, and surely it will flow better in future performances. The dialogue between the narrator and Hemingway’s daughter-in-law is a fascinating addition to the show. There are so many legends about Ernest Hemingway, so it is interesting to get a glimpse of his life from someone who knew him.
Hemmingway’s Havana should be recommended to anyone who enjoys Latin music or dance. In fact, this show is a fabulous introduction to Latin music and dance so surely anyone will become a fan after watching Hemingway’s Havana!