Actor Storm Marrero talks about a new role
By: Ashmar Mandou
Live comedy, music and unique thrills return to Chicago once again with the Teatro Zinzanni starting July 8 at the Chicago Theater District. An incomparable experience, Teatro Zinzanni is a whirlwind of international circus, comedy, cabaret served with a multi-course gourmet feast. As one of the most anticipated shows returns, we interviewed one of the new cast members, Brooklyn-born Storm Marrero, as Cleopatra.
Lawndale Bilingual News: I had the pleasure of experiencing Teatro ZinZanni, which instantly became one of my favorite shows; it was exciting, hilarious and unforgettable. As a new cast member playing the role of Cleopatra, what do you most expect from the return of Teatro ZinZanni to Chicago?
Storm Marrero: I can’t wait to share the stage with many amazing actors, dancers and specialty artists that I have admired for years. But more than anything, I can’t wait to perform in front of an audience again. I miss making people happy.
You are a Brooklyn native who has cultivated a career alongside veteran opera singers from the University of Puerto Rico, releasing a record and becoming the first Afro-Latin conductor for the 2019-20 Big Apple season. Circus. What has each experience meant to you personally and professionally?
Coming from such an interesting background, being a part of such incredible career opportunities has given me an interesting perspective on my creativity. Each experience made me appreciate my education and the blessings I received even more. The culmination of it all was being the first Afro-Latina (and only the 3rd female) to be at the helm as the Big Apple Circus track boss in her 42 straight years, before the lockdown.
What was the tipping point for you in deciding to pursue a career in music?
I have been a professional singer since I was 18 and although I have always worked in the arts, I have always had a day job. I decided to pursue my full-time career in 2016, at the age of 40. I saw myself investing so much of my time in a job I hated, I made it my business to see my career as my full-time job. So I quit my day job and started living as a working artist / musician. It’s trying because as artists there is no sick leave or time off. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. So, as an artist, I have to take very good care of myself and my instrument (my voice). So no fussy parties, no late nights, no loud places. My life and my work are my art.
What element of your musical style are you looking forward to sharing at Teatro ZinZanni?
To be completely honest, just being able to rub shoulders with artists, being able to work in what I love! This is what I expect the most !! I can’t wait to sing with my friend Michael Cunio who is a powerful singer and part of my artistic family.
For children who dream of a career in music / theater, what advice can you give them to prepare?
My advice; study absolutely everything! All the ins and outs of theater, all musical styles under the sun. Even picking up things you never thought you would do. I know so many singers and dancers who are fabulous costume designers, amazing photographers, who know lighting and design. Make yourself indispensable, while perfecting your art. And above all, believe in yourself. Believe it even if others don’t see it. If it’s as clear as the day in your mind’s eye, it’s yours. No one can take it from you.
Individual tickets, which include a four-course meal, are on sale now and range between $ 119 and $ 189. Front Row VIP tickets are available at a premium price. Limited “show only” à la carte tickets will also be available for $ 69. Individual tickets will be available by visiting zinzanni.com/Chicago or by calling (312) 488-0900. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or by emailing [email protected] The Teatro ZinZanni is located at the Spiegeltent ZaZou, on the 14th floor of the Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop, 32 W. Randolph.