An Affair for CELIA at Arsht Center

Café PILON, Authentic Cuban Coffee, celebrated the success of the two opening nights of CELIA: The Life & Music of Celia Cruz with an exclusive after-party on the 3rd floor tier overlooking the lobby of the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Café PILON guests included the bilingual cast of “Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz,” Anissa Gathers who sings and acts in the lead role of Celia during the highlight of her musical career, Modesto Lacén who plays Celia’s husband, Pedro Knight and Pedro Capo, who plays the role of Pedro Knight’s nurse. Additional guests included: J.P. Souto, the Vice President of Marketing of Café PILON, Omer Pardillo, former and long-time manager of Celia Cruz, Spanish talk show queen Cristina Saralegui and husband Marcos Avila, rapper Pitbull, Cuban singer and composer Albita Rodriguez, Mexican singer Ana Gabriel, Afro-Cuban singer Jon Secada, Cuban musician Roberto Torres and local newscasters Lisette Gonzalez, and Maribel Rodriguez. Also in attendance were Adrienne Arsht, Univision president Ray Rodriguez, Miami commissioner Joe Sanchez, Big Time’s Eugene Rodriguez and Tito Puente, Jr., son of the late Tito Puente. Pictured: Miss Cuba 2008 Marlyn Sanchez Photo by Seth Browarnik/Red Eye Productions

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