Interview With…Ricardo Afonso

Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon spoke to the actor about the upcoming concert production of Zorro the Musical at Cadogan Hall.

Hi, thanks for talking to me. Could you tell me more about what we can expect from Zorro the Musical? Zorro is set in Spain and colonial California in the early 1800s. It’s a piece about love and family at a
time when oppression and violence were weapons against freedom. It’s ultimately about a man who voices the struggles of his fellow countrymen, and his decision in wanting to be that man against his
own brother.

What was it that made you want to be part of this concert? Zorro was my first audition in the UK way back in 2005. I didn’t get it, which is fine, but I remember loving the music and the plot. When Darren Bell (producer) spoke to me last summer, in my dressing room at the Barbican, and explained his idea, well it was a no brainer. I had a chance to play the
roles after all. Life is funny like that sometimes. You just don’t know what the future will bring.

It is quite an action packed story – how does this translate through the music? The Gipsy Kings’s music is awesome. It was an integral part of our family holidays back in the late 80’s. My dad and I loved them. We had all the albums and knew all the lyrics. We made a mix tape
and must have played it in the car until there was nothing left. It fits perfectly in the plot with the English lyrics. There’s an urgency in the more up tempo numbers and a romantic feel and passion throughout the ballads and the more emotional songs.

How have you been preparing? Well I’ve been revisiting the songs and it’s been great fun on my own. But truly can’t wait to meet
the rest of the cast. I’ve brushed up on my Spanish accent! Something tells me I might need that!

What do you think it is about good vs evil stories that continue to fascinate? It’s the oldest story isn’t it? We love a hero and the anti-hero and most of us relate to both in many ways. If you think about it, that’s what promotes discussion. But ultimately if you have the chance to
win the battle and kiss the girl… well… wouldn’t you?

What are you most looking forward to the audience seeing/hearing?To hear the whole score again! Such deep, passionate songs and story shouldn’t be tucked away in a drawer. Personally, I think this show should be on stage. I cannot wait for the audience to experience it again, and now as a concert in the most beautiful venue.

For those thinking about coming along – why should they? You really don’t want to miss this. If you are in town on the 23rd and you love the Gipsy Kings, you’re a hopeless romantic, secretly want to put on a mask and save your family and friends, well, make sure you come to Cadogan Hall to drink in the best Gipsy music alongside some great voices and a
timeless story… It’ll be a night to remember!

By Emma Clarendon

Zorro the Musical will be performed at Cadogan Hall on the 23rd February.

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