On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Quito became the headquarters of Soy Luna En Vivo, a show that has toured Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
At 16:00, the ranks that had formed around the Atahualpa Olympic Stadium disappeared quickly: the accesses had already been enabled for the different locations of the sports center of the capital, and the attendees, mostly accompanied children and adolescents from their fathers and mothers, they were preparing to enjoy the Soy Luna concert.
In anticipation of the start of the show, giant screens arranged on the huge stage passed advances of some of the upcoming Disney films: ‘The Nutcracker and the 4 kingdoms’, ‘WiFi Ralph’ and ‘The Return of Mary Poppins’.
After the assistants occupied a large part of the locations, the show began at 6:00 PM as scheduled. Toño Navarrete, an Ecuadorian artist, was in charge of opening the show. The singer from Guayaquil performed his hits Mi Vicio, Tic toc and Dame un besito, from which he made an acoustic introduction, only with a guitar accompanying his voice and interacting with the audience, which later joined his dancers and a musical track from accompaniment.
The Ecuadorian Disney artist Jandino was also part of the show, with his interpretation of Mi corazón hace Wow Wow. José Andrés Chiluiza Calderón (Jandino) plays Erick Andrade within the plot of Soy Luna. “Playing Erick showed me that dreams can be achieved,” said Jandino on stage, after which he said his farewell to the song Nadie Nadie para.
After the two presentations by national artists, the Soy Luna show started after 6:30 p.m. The show combined the musical numbers with short acting shorts in which the protagonists of the cast represented some of the scenes of the Argentine soap opera of Pol-ka Productions and Disney Channel Latin America.
The novel focuses on the life of Luna Valente, a young Mexican woman played by actress Karol Sevilla, who dreams of being a great skater, but who has to move to Argentina with her parents. And precisely the skates were a fundamental part of the whole show, as much as by its constant presence throughout the concert, as by the metaphor of the constant movement of Luna’s life during the last years.
From the beginning of the concert, the musical and acting power of the cast was displayed on stage, with popular songs from the cast as ‘Alas’ and ‘I’ve got a feeling’. After these two songs, Luna and Matteo (Ruggero Pasquarelli) performed ‘Profugos’, their own version of the classic song of Soda Stereo.
The songs and the performance were accompanied by images projected on the LED screens of approximately 15 meters high that were in the front of the stage. To the shout of “Hello Quito”, the actors requested the intervention of the public, who shouted and encouraged the singers on stage. “We are very happy to share this night with you and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do”.
Then Luna interpreted La vida es sueño. While she was sliding with her skates on the stage, the sky of Quito darkened: it was 7:00 p.m. and the whole public illuminated the grandstands of the stadium with their cell phones.
Valentina Zenere, in the role of Amber Smith, played Look at me. Then Luna returned to take the stage to sing ‘Eres’. They also played several well-known songs from the TV series, such as Invisibles, Sobre ruedas, the acoustic version of Princesa, How do you see me? o Tell you what I feel. For 19:40, in Quito they made 13 degrees Celsius of temperature. Luna, dressed in Mexican attire, asked the audience where she lived, to which everyone responded in a single shout: “Cancun.”
It was when the sound of trumpets merged with that of the synthesizer and the drums to make way for another song, the version of Soy Luna from the classic by Marco Antonio Solis and Los Bukis. The artists continued the show with songs like Alá voy, Catch me if you can, It’s me, Time of love and more songs. At 20:20, Luna left with an Ecuadorian flag, and after putting it on her shoulders, she talked to the public about the value of friendship, and the value of her journey during these years, as well as the importance of hard work to achieve that dreams are fulfilled.
For the closing of the show, at around 8:30 p.m., the cast again performed Wings and a reinterpreted version of the rock classic Footloose, by Kenny Loggins. (I)