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Parrots at the Pagoda

Pregones Theater
Jun 20 Through Jun 29 | Thu |
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Parrots at The Pagoda—a drag origins story set to take audiences soaring on a “parrot’s-eye-view” through the life and work of pioneering Puerto Rican musician, empresario and drag artist—Johnny Rodríguez. A search for inspiration takes the parrots across space and time, through the triumphs and obstacles faced by Johnny, a prolific singer-songwriter best known for his output in the traditional trio bolero format, and founder of the groundbreaking El Cotorrito (The Little Parrot) female impersonator show and club in San Juan. Under Johnny’s tutelage his younger brother, Tito “El Inolvidable” Rodríguez—one of the Palladium eras “big three” band leaders popularly known as the Kings of Mambo— started his career singing and became a leading figure in the booming Latin music scene of the 1940’s and 50’s.

Written by Pregones/PRTT Associate Artistic Director Jorge B. Merced and featuring original music by Ricardo Pons with performances by Pregones/PRTT’s all-Latiné acting and music ensemble, Parrots at The Pagoda will have a limited two-week run at Pregones Theater on 575 Walton Avenue, The Bronx, June 20-29, 2024.

CREDITS: Written and directed by Jorge B. Merced. Music by Johnny Rodríguez. Arrangements by Ricardo Pons and Desmar Guevara. Musical Direction by Desmar Guevara. Lighting Design by Emmanuel Delgado. Sound Design by Eduardo Reséndiz. Costume Design by Harry Nadal. Set Design by Pedro Guevara. Choreography by Veraalba Santa. Stage Manager: Majo Ferrucho. Production Manager: Jessica Moya.

ENSEMBLE CAST/Actors: Fernando Contreras, Samy Figaredo, Rubén Flores, Khalid Rivera, Ansi A. Rodriguez, Sebastian Treviño, Bryan J. Cortés (Dance Captain, Understudy). Musicians: Featuring a 3-piece band under the direction of Desmar Guevara. Cover illustration by Jeison Rivera.

DATES: June 20-29, 2024

TIMES: Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:00pm. Matinees Saturday & Sundays at 3pm

LOCATION: Pregones Theater (575 Walton Ave. Bronx, NY 10451)

TICKETS: Starting at $25 — TICKET BUNDLES and MEMBERSHIPS available, best prices! All tickets online at or by phone at 718-585-1202

DISCOUNTS:Members, Groups, Seniors, Students, Zip Tickets – Restrictions Apply

Venue: Pregones Theater

575 Walton Ave. Map