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Review: Buena Vista Social Club is the Hottest Spot in NYC
December 13, 2023, 11:45.43 pm ET


Photo: Ahron Foster

By Brian Scott Lipton

If any question persists whether “music is the universal language of mankind,” all you need to do is head to the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater to take in the wondrous new musical “Buena Vista Social Club” to prove this adage is true.

Indeed, I imagine many audience members, like me, will not understand a single word of the 16 Spanish-language songs performed by the outstanding cast of musicians and singers assembled by director Saheem Ali. Still, I can’t imagine anyone not feeling the heartache and joy entrenched in these tunes. Listening to them, you may want to dance in the aisles or cry in your seat. Continue reading...