Lorraine Vélez, who has starred in several Broadway shows including Rent, is returning to the stage for DC-7, The Roberto Clemente Story. The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre is premiering the hit Off-Broadway production today. The show, which depicts the story of legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente, previously sold-out during its run last fall at the Teatro SEA in Lower Manhattan.
Vélez plays Vera Clemente, the Puerto Rican wife of the Baseball Hall of Famer (played by Modesto Lacén). The Puerto Rican actress recently spoke about the importance of her role to Latina.com, “[She was] an extraordinary woman, still is. She was his right hand, best friend, loyal partner, and a woman who shared a vision with her husband."
The production is a bilingual musical that honors Clemente's youth in Puerto Rico and represents his harsh reality of growing up in the Civil Rights Movement era and being a Black Hispanic in the U.S. The famous baseball player had an 18-year run with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
We love to hear about more productions that represent Latinos on and off Broadway! Tickets for DC-7, The Roberto Clemente Story are $37.50 online and $47.50 at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre box office. For tickets and information visit: www.teatrosea.org