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Homenaje a Cri-Cri (1991)

This cabaret performance is a satiric homage to Mexico's famous songwriter Francisco Gabilondo, whose children's radio show, broadcasted for almost 30 years (1934-1961) introduced the iconic character "Cri-Cri, El Grillito Cantor" (Cri-Cri, The Little Singing Grasshopper). Jesusa Rodríguez, playing the part of a sadistic elementary schoolteacher, orchestrates this "recital of fifth graders" (featuring Mexican singers Adriana Díaz de León and Eugenia León, along with the cast from cabaret ensemble Divas), where Gabilondo's songs are juxtaposed with satiric interpretations, confronting naive lyrics with violent behavior, drug dealing, graffiti painting, etc. The social critique is highlighted by the attitude of Jesusa's character, a religious teacher aligned to the government in power, whose prejudices are evident in her attempt to conduct a "didactic homage" while insulting the songwriter, the audience, and the students. The homage, comprising nineteen well-known Cri-Cri songs like "La Marcha de las Letras," "La Muñeca Fea," "Di ¿Por Qué?," "El Comal y la Olla," and "El Chorrito," features Paz Águila (famous Mexican bolero singer of the duet Las Hermanas Águila), with an ensemble of "grasshopper" musicians directed by Liliana Felipe.

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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/1ns1rnb0

Additional Info

  • Title: Homenaje a Cri-Cri
  • Alternate Title: Cri-Cri (an homage)
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:44:48
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1991
  • Location: Teatro Bar El Hábito, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Jesusa Rodríguez, protagonist ; Paz Águila, protagonist ; Adriana Díaz de Léon, protagonist ; Eugenia Léon, protagonist ; DIVAS ensemble, cast; Liliana Felipe, musician ; Mercedes Gómez, musician ; Víctor Flores, musician ; Julieta Cedillo, musician
  • Credits: Jesusa Rodríguez, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, producer, music director