September 2013, Volume 17, Number 3

Making Their Mark


Alumni in the Limelight

International music superstars Gloria and Emilio Estefan, a proud MDC alumnus, are preparing to take their inspiring musical journey to Broadway. The couple are teaming with the Nederlander Organization to develop and produce a show inspired by their music, their 30-year love story and their journey from Cuba to superstardom.

“We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality,” the couple said.

Stallone Packs Another Punch

With a successful film career that now spans more than four decades, actor and MDC alumnus Sylvester Stallone shows no signs of slowing. The Hollywood star is preparing to release his next blockbuster, Escape Plan, later this fall. Stallone and his co-star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, previewed the action-thriller to much fanfare at the legendary San Diego Comic-Con event in July.

He’s also busy writing the script for the third installment of the The Expendables action series, in which he will star again. The film is currently in pre-production and is slated for a late 2014 release.

On the International Stage

MDC’s New World School of the Arts alumnus and award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney unveils his new production, Antony & Cleopatra, later this fall in collaboration with England’s esteemed Royal Shakespeare Company, New York City’s Public Theater and Miami’s GableStage.

McCraney’s latest production will be a reimagined version of the Shakespearean classic with stripped-down text and reordered scene structure, much like his highly successful production of Hamlet from last season. The Bard’s language remains, but McCraney will transport audiences to colonial Haiti in the late 1700s on the eve of the Haitian revolution against the French.
Antony & Cleopatra will open in Stratford-upon-Avon in November before crossing the pond to Miami in January and then heading north to the Big Apple in February. The Miami run will include morning shows for 15,000 school students in Miami-Dade County.

Gifford Lends Talents to Musical

Kathie Lee Gifford had the opportunity to show off some of her many talents with the Broadway debut of Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson.
Gifford, the ebullient co-host of NBC’s Today Show, wrote the book and lyrics for the musical, which is based on the true story of an evangelist and broadcasting pioneer in the 1920s. The show’s lead actress was nominated for a Tony for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical.

Success STEMs From MDC

MDC alumnus and Chevron engineer Manuel González can add another distinction to a remarkable career that includes 18 U.S. and international patents, being the first Cuban refugee to graduate from West Point and an award from R&D Magazine for developing “one of the 100 most significant technological advances introduced into the marketplace in 2011.” He recently was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Great Minds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) organization.

Working for a Better Florida

Workforce Florida Inc. has tapped South Florida business executive and MDC Alumni Hall of Fame member Mike Tomás to serve on its statewide board of directors. The organization develops strategies to help Floridians enter and advance in the workforce while supporting economic development priorities and strengthening the state’s business climate. Appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Senate president and speaker of the House, the board comprises a diverse and engaged group of leaders in business, labor, government, education, economic development and community-based organizations. Tomás serves as president and CEO of Bioheart Inc., a biotechnology company focused on treatments for cardiovascular ailments.

— AMS


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