Tuesday, 21 February 2023, 19:26
Antonio Banderas may well be one of the busiest men in showbusiness. After completing 240 performances of the hit musical Company, where he was not only leading the cast, but also director and theatre promoter, he is ready to present the new series of concerts by the Soho Pop Symphony Orchestra at his Teatro del Soho Caixabank in Malaga.
Music is the new darling of Banderas who has also revealed his next professional plans to SUR: a return to the movies before preparing a new Broadway musical. «Now I'm going to try to make a film to recover financially from what I spent at the Soho theatre,» said the actor.
Banderas starts his new movie project this week. Camino a Belén (Road to Bethlehem), a musical about the birth of Christ in which the actor will play the role of Herod and in which he also sings. «It is a Christmas movie, but different because it is a musical with a lot of intensity and rock and roll. I'll record the songs here first and then I'll go to Almeria to shoot the film» confirmed the actor.
Meanwhile, Banderas has also revealed some details about his ambitious, long-term production: a new musical about Picasso that he is developing. He is working with American playwright and theatre director Gordon Greenberg and the respected composer and American lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Godspell). «It would be presented here and it would be a world premiere and a milestone because it would be performed in English and with the original American company that would later go to Broadway.»
Banderas also spoke about the premiere next summer of the latest instalment of the Indiana Jones saga, including working with Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
He explained that the role came to him due to his relationship with Steven Spielberg, who he worked with on the two instalments of Zorro.
«The person who is happiest with my role is Arturo Díez Boscovich, who is an admirer of the composer John Williams and wants to go with me to the premiere,» joked the actor in the presence of the theatre's musical director and confessed fan of the musician.
Finally, Antonio Banderas spoke about his training project for theatre and audiovisual technicians, Sohrlin, which is currently being built in some reformed warehouses in La Misericordia. «It is going slowly but step by step».
The actor has insisted there is a deficit of «high-level professionals» specialising in sound and lighting technology, so he hopes to launch this centre, that will also have several spaces for shows, next September or October.
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