This is a pocket musical – and its action takes place in the 1930s, the 1940s and the 1950s of the Twentieth Century. Its staging is to celebrate the centenary of Dalva de Oliveira (1917-1972), a singer who achieved a lot of fame in her own time, and is still very much remembered now by her faithful admirers.
Dalva de Oliveira and Herivelto Martins formed one of the most famous musical couples of that time. Their story moves through their passionate relationship, which started when Dalva was nineteen years old, and a beginner in the musical world of the time; and Herivelto, an older and already famous composer who launched her to stardom. The first part of the musical deals with the time they met, their passion and the successful musical repertoire they had as the Trio de Ouro, a vocal group they created with Nilo Chagas, and that performed in the 1930s and the 1940s.
In the second part, the musical portrays the separation of Dalva and Herivelto; at that time, already in the 1950s, the musical selection is practically entirely focused on the famous polemic they had with each other. They both experienced disenchantment, jealousy, hate! Dalva was furious about her husband’s many love affairs. I quote Lord Byron (1788-1824) when he said: “Sweet is revenge – especially to women.” They both took their rows onto the stage, where they used songs to challenge each other! It was a famous mark on the couple’s career after they separated.
In “Eu Não Posso Lembrar Que Te Amei” there are only two actors/singers on stage: Sylvia Massari and Tadeu Aguiar in the roles of the famous couple. An interesting idea, as both of them have already taken the roles of Dalva and Herivelto on other occasions. Sylvia Massari had replaced Marília Pêra in the São Paulo run of the musical “Estrela Dalva”, as well as playing Dalva de Oliveira in the TV Globo series “Amazônia” and AEIOURCA, where Tadeu Aguiar was her husband Herivelto Martins. Years later, they both performed in a show when again they played the roles of this musical couple.
Sylvia Massari and Tadeu Aguiar tell and sing this story full of passion, and illustrated with some of the major Brazilian musical successes. This way the audience is able to listen to twenty-four songs, accompanied by three musicians who play live: Tony Lucchesi and Tarantilio Costa who alternate; Thais Ferreira, and Leo Bandeira.
Many of the songs of that time are still successful these days and were composed by Herivelto Martins himself, either on his own or with a musical partner, such as David Nasser and Benedito Lacerda. “Ave Maria do Morro”, “Cabelos Brancos”, “Caminhemos”, and “Nossas Vidas” are a few of the songs that are presented in this show, and there are tributes to other composers such as Ataulfo Alves, Fernando Lobo and Paulo Soledade.
The musical was written by Artur Xexeo, and has the general direction of Tadeu Aguiar, with musical direction by Tony Lucchesi. It lasts for seventy minutes. It opened on the 15th of July, and its run is scheduled to finish on the 20th of August. Performances take place from Thursday to Saturday at 5:30 P.M., and Sundays at 8:30 P.M. There are no performances on Fridays. Tickets cost from R$ 60,00 (sixty Reais) to R$ 80,00 (eighty Reais) on Thursdays, and from R$ 80,00 (eighty Reais) to R$ 100,00 (one hundred Reais) on Saturdays and Sundays. Censorship is for young people under the age of ten. If you are interested in obtaining a 50% (fifty percent) discount for students and senior citizens, please call the box office (2147-8060) for information, and 96629-0012 for reservations.
“Eu Não Posso Lembrar Que Te Amei” is on at the Theatro NET Rio, on Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – sobreloja, Copacabana, located inside what is known as the Shopping dos Antiquários. There is paid parking in the building, going in through the Rua Figueiredo Magalhães entrance. If you do not feel like driving, use the Siqueira Campos Metro Station. If you take the Siqueira Campos exit, you are almost next door to the theatre. There are also plenty of taxis after the performance is over. So, go to the theatre and enjoy either a relaxing evening – or a matinee!
(*) Ewa Procter is a writer and a theatre translator, and
Vice-President of the Instituto Cultural Chiquinha Gonzaga.