The Lyric Theatre and Bluebird Productions Presents

​Robert Navarro and his Latin Jazz Orchestra “A Night at the Palladium”

Presented by The Lyric Theatre and Bluebird Productions.

Led by the Grammy-award winning Robert Navarro, A Night at the Palladium recreates the atmosphere of the Palladium Ballroom, the second-floor dance hall on Broadway in New York City famous for its Latin music and dancing from 1948 until its closing in 1966. Showcasing mambo, cha-cha, pachanga, and merengue, Robert Navarro and his Latin Jazz Orchestra bring together twenty musicians, dancers, and singers for a night of Latin fun.

Born in New York City, Robert Navarro graduated from City College with a BFA in Music, later earning his masters from NYU. Navarro later studied jazz piano under Jackie Byrd, while simultaneously developing his skills as an arranger and producer. After forming the ensemble Grupo Fascinacion in 1982, Robert Navarro produced and arranged records for Charanga America and the Dominican artist Santiago Ceron. Navarro later recorded and co-produced a project for The Ballet Hispanico Puertorriqueno, working with the legendary bandleader Eddie Palmieri. In 2007, Navarro won a Grammy for his arrangement of a song with Bobby Cruz. Over his career, the multi-talented artist has toured with Celia Cruz, Ray Barreto, and Frankie Ruiz. When he’s not composing, producing, and mastering recordings, Navarro teaches guitar, piano, violin, and music technology to students in Port St. Lucie.

In A Night at the Palladium, Robert Navarro and his Latin Jazz Orchestra take you back to the era of the Palladium Ballroom, when weekly competitions gave innovative dancers a place to shine. Featured in Navarro’s energizing Latin Jazz Orchestra is 40-year music veteran Pablo “Chino” Nuñez. A two-time Grammy award-winner and a 7-time American Music Award nominee, Nuñez has performed with top artists, including Cyndi Lauper, Celia Cruz, and Missy Elliott. Set to Latin rhythms brought to life by an exciting live band of percussionists, violinists, and vocalists, A Night at the Palladium brings you back in time, to the epicenter of a Latin dance and music revolution.