While there are many good reasons to visit Paseo Herencia, the stylish shopping and entertainment complex on Palm Beach, Enchanted Aruba has just become the #1 attraction of the Mall. Our photographer became so engrossed with the spectacular show, that he forgot to click the shutter, leaving us with only few pictures to prove how entertaining it is.
Enchanted Aruba was created by dynamic Las Vegas producers Jorge di Paola and Johnny Stuart, Jorge is also the star of the show in his unforgettable role as the Latin Cowboy.
Enchanted Aruba is a Kaleidoscope of acts composed of local and international talent, weaved together to include singers, specialty acts, acrobats, artists and musicians, set to professional lighting and sound.
The show opens with a poetic and symbolic dance by the Ritmo Cubano performers, taking audiences on an evolutionary journey through the Americas using acrobats and fire dancers, featuring a beautiful Portuguese female singer by the name of Paola. The costumes are stunning and the dance sequence daring and astounding.
Angela Flore, the first violinist of the Maracaibo Philharmonic Orquestra, is also part of the show. Angela is featured in an exciting violin solo, which bewitched and mesmerized the photographer, leaving us very little pictures of the virtuoso. She also accompanies a riveting silk adagio act with Yamila and Rafael, who dance an original piece by local Maestro, music composer Pepe Gonzalez, titled Under the Influence, a tango combining lovely choreography and acrobatics, which combined with Angela's performance, leaves audiences spellbound.
The local Ritmo Cubano Dancers also perform an exquisite Spanish number, where they feature Hayley Kent, directly from Las Vegas, Hayley is a famous contortionist who worked for the Cirque du Soleil. She is an elegant, wonderful to watch performer.
The highlight of the show, Los Latin Cowboys Live, burst onto the stage, mixing side-splitting humor, audience participation and compelling rhythms. It is an explosive act, which keeps audiences on the edge of their seats for 16 minutes.
The Gauchos act is followed by a production number of all cast members for a final extravaganza, Oye Mi Cuerpo Pide Salsa, in a memorable arrangement by Enrique Corro, from Las Vegas. Live singing, dancing, acrobatics and more, wrap up this one hour show, leaving the audience wanting more.
Audience participation goes beyond the duration of the show, as show-goers are asked to post their show videos on YouTube, and the monthly winner of the best clip, measured by its popularity on the net, will have a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas or a cruise and other exciting prizes.
The opening of the show coincided with the Aruba’s International Film Festival, in June, adding an extra show-biz attraction to the already glittering festival.
It is interesting to note that producer Jorge Di Paola, known in Las Vegas as Mr. Entertainment is no stranger to Aruba. He lived here in the 80s having arrived in 1984 as the star of Breakdance Fever with an entertaining Gaucho act.
He soon fell in love with Aruba and ended up producing the successful Vegas Latino show at the Holiday Inn, and later at the Roseland Ballroom, Alhambra Bazaar.
During his years in Aruba he was also engaged by the Aruba Palm Beach Hotel, and the Golden Tulip Hotel where his Los Latin Cowboys Live were long running stage successes.
His last two productions here, at the Holiday Inn, included a smash hit, The Girls from Ipanema, in which he discovered the now famous Venezuelan singer, Maria Rivas in 1989. In 1992, at the end of Dancing in The Moonlight, Jorge returned to Las Vegas to live and work coming back to the island once, for a special event at the Americana Hotel, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the El Gaucho Restaurant which was celebrated in grand style, fifteen years ago.
While working in Las Vegas on as many as 15 different mega-productions, his signature act Los Latin Cowboys continued to win awards and gain popularity. It was incorporated for 6 years in the famous Splash show, at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, and was invited to many TV shows, in the US, Colombia and Mexico. Jorge himself has been a regular participant in the Latino Laugh Festival in San Antonio, Texas, for Showtime Television, and also starred in Comedy Compadres and Funny is Funny, for Fox TV. Improv live from Hollywood, aired his performance, more than once, but Aruba was tugging on his heart strings, from long distance, encouraging him to return.
Visiting the island last year, Jorge brought a major show producer from Las Vegas, Johnny Stuart, with him. Johnny is the creator of the longest running Legends in Concert show, at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, which marks its 30th anniversary this September. The most creative and experienced Johnny, has created shows too numerous to mention, as listed on his interesting website: www.johnstuartproductions.com
The Enchanted Aruba show at Paseo Herencia is the fruit of their labor. Jorge & Johnny were struck by the talent they found here and decided to audition local artists, for the Enchanted Aruba show, designed as a spectacle for all ages.
Visit the box office at the theater in the evening hour and secure your ticket for the next performance. , Don’t miss a great evening of pure entertainment.