Production began in September 2014 on this mini-series based on the life of late Cuban salsa icon and superstar Celia Cruz. The series, titled “Celia,” a Fox Telecolombia Network production, is directed by Victor Mallarino and Liliana Bocanegra and scripted by Andrés Salgado. Puertorican actress Jeimy Osorio stars as the legendary Cruz in the series, which is set to premiere later this fall on USA-based Spanish-language network, Telemundo.
Star Jeimy Osorio is best known for her work in “Maid in Manhattan”, “Fast Five”, and the telenovelas “Santa Diabla” (“Holy Devil”) and “Porque el amor manda” (“Because love rules”).
Puertorican actor Modesto Lacén portrays Cruz’s husband, Pedro Knight. Lacén (“Animal”) has portrayed Knight before in the off-Broadway theater production, “The life and music of Celia Cruz”, which ran for 20 months in New York. The actor has also acted in over 20 films in Puerto Rico and in the U.S.
Carolina Gaitán, Judy Henríquez, Aida Bossa, Abel Rodríguez, Jonathan Islas, Agmeth Scaf, Indira Serrano, Margoth Velázquez and Moisés Angulo round out the cast.
Known as the “Queen of Salsa”, Celia Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba in 1925. Throughout her prolific career, she recorded over 50 albums, won 7 Grammy awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cruz’s celebrated hits include “La negra tiene tumbao” (“The black woman has rhythm”), “Que le den candela” (“Bring the heat”) and “Quimbara”.
The lengthy miniseries chronicles Cruz’s evolution from teen in pre-revolution Havana, Cuba to a larger-than-life public figure. Along the way, she battled racism, sexism, and defied expectations of what a black woman musician could achieve in the 1950s.
Celia Cruz passed away at the age of 77 in 2003.
We’re definitely intrigued to learn more about this project, which I hope will be available in the states after its TV premiere. Will keep you posted.
A first trailer has surfaced and is embedded below: