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Original musical returns to Hernando stage

ProComm Theatre Troupe presents ‘American Heartbeat.’
George Dwyer stars as Jarvis Standish (left) and Scott Tilson as Marco Santiago (right) in 'American Heartbeat,' an original musical about a Marine Vietnam veteran and an undocumented immigrant who meet while vying for the same job. The show will be presented Nov. 22-24 at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill. [Martha Velez]
George Dwyer stars as Jarvis Standish (left) and Scott Tilson as Marco Santiago (right) in 'American Heartbeat,' an original musical about a Marine Vietnam veteran and an undocumented immigrant who meet while vying for the same job. The show will be presented Nov. 22-24 at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill. [Martha Velez]
Published Nov. 18, 2019

SPRING HILL — It is a story of the powerful bond of friendship: A Vietnam veteran and an immigrant meet while looking for the same job and become friends. Add in their wives, an interrogator and a crazy lady. What could go wrong?

The story is the basis of the original musical production of American Heartbeat, which the ProComm Theatre Troupe will present this weekend at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 2 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24.

The show is written, directed and composed by Spring Hill resident Martha Velez, with orchestrations by Bickley Rivera and choreography by Stefani La Porta. It is produced by Velez and James Reid. The musical has been previously performed in the Jaeb Theatre at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, as well as the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival.

The show stars George Dwyer as Marine veteran Jarvis Standish and Scott Tilson as immigrant Marco Santiago. Additional cast members include Stefani La Porta as Bonnie Standish, Nichelle Mohre-Cassidy as Magdalena Santiago, Jay Ingle as the interrogator and Martha Velez as Susan Miller.

More narrative driven than most musicals, the show features 20 songs drawn from Velez’s albums, recorded with Eric Clapton, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix) and the Van Morrison Orchestra.

Tickets are $20. Call (352) 683-5113 or visit stagewestflorida.com.

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