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On February 19TH, Myra Vassian will be joined by some of her friends from New York for a Musical Theatre Sing- Along in Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom. Myra is the Entertainment director for Cape Resorts, and this winter she will be joined by Martín Solá, Rachel Rhodes- Devey, and Alexander Rovang for an evening of classic show stoppers and Broadway favorites. Solá is currently performing on Broadway in the smash hit On Your Feet, and Rhodes-Devey has performed with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Rovang will serve as the Music Director, and has worked internationally in the realm of musical theatre, opera, and dance. On February 19th they will be performing a few solos along with crowd sing-alongs for an entertaining evening in Cape May. We had the opportunity to speak with Martín Solá about his life, career, current project on Broadway and his relationship with Cape May.
Martín Solá,is a singer, actor and educator currently living in New York City where he appears nightly in On Your Feet,a musical about the life and career of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Solá was born in New York, but spent most of his childhood in Philadelphia where he began his musical studies at the Girard Academic Music Program. “When I look back on it now, it was an amazing program that prepared me well for my life in the arts,” Solá said, reflecting on his time spent as a student of Dr. Jack Carr at GAMP. “Dr. Carr led by example, and stressed the importance for discipline and striving for your work on a daily basis.” His high school years were spent in Florida, where he was accepted into the music program at Florida State University. After earning his Masters in Music from the University of Illinois, Solá moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts.
It was in 1996 that Martín Solá was cast in his first professional musical on Broadway: The King and I. “That’s when I really began to pursue my path as an actor….Becoming a better actor has helped me to become a better singer and vice versa.” While Solá has been teaching for over twenty-five years, he continues to study acting and singing. One of his favorite experiences as a performer was when he participated in The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Lab in 2012. The Lab was an intense, seven-week curriculum of Shakespeare for professional actors. For six days a week, eight hours a day, the group was guided through the ins and outs of text analysis, voice, movement and scene study. Barry Edelstein, one of the premier experts on Shakespeare works, directed a performance of soliloquies and monologues at the conclusion of the seven weeks. After working in film, television, theatre and music one would assume that Solá would describe himself primarily as a performer. “I don’t know if I can say I favor one over the other. My first love is music,” he admits, however as a teacher he notes “I have learned so much from my students and they make me a better singer and actor. I reflect back on all the wonderful teachers and mentors that helped me on my path and I get to share the knowledge I absorbed from them with new students that are interested in learning.”
Martín Solá is currently performing as a male swing actor and singer in the musical On Your Feet, playing at the Marquis Theater on Broadway. “What that means is that I have the understudy for six different tracks of the show. I have to be prepared to sing, dance, and act in the multitude of parts that I cover at a moment’s notice…thus far it has been one of the most challenging experiences of my career,” a sentiment which carries through the story of the play itself. On Your Feet is about Gloria and Emilio Estefan and their struggles in becoming one of the most successful crossover artists of all time. “We have an amazing cast…I am incredibly grateful to be part of this company.” While On Your Feet contains a lot of fan favorites, Solá’s personal favorite musical theatre tune is “To Each His Dulcinea” from Man of La Mancha, which he hopes to perform at the sing along on the 19th.
This will not be his first performance in Cape May. He has been a part of the Congress Hall’s Festival Choir, singing at the Tree Lighting and on The Fourth of July for the past six years. While performing as a part of the choir has become a bit of a tradition in and of itself, Martín Solá was no stranger to Cape May. As a kid growing up in Philadelphia, his family used to spend summers in a rental house in Cape May, and it wasn’t exactly love at first sight when it came to America’s first seaside resort. “I think my brother and I preferred Ocean City or Wildwood at the time for the lively boardwalk life in the evening, while my parents loved Cape May for its quietness and quaintness. Now as an adult I understand what my parents loved about Cape May. I visit there a few times a year with my wife and it’s one of our favorite spots!”
In Shakespeare’s As You Like It the character Jacques claims “All the world’s a stage/ And all the men and women merely players.” On February 19th, all the men and women gathered in Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom will have the opportunity to join together with professional “players” in the communal experience of music. Let them entertain you, and join in a song or two. If they sing B Flat, then you sing B Flat; all will have entrances and exits together. Instead of hibernating this winter, visit Congress Hall for a heartwarming Musical Theatre experience.
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