Family affair

A family affair: Antonio Banderas hires his daughter for a new Spanish musical

When Spanish actor Antonio Banderas needs some honest feedback in his new gig as a theater impresario, he calls on his daughter Stella, whom he’s hired as a second assistant director on an upcoming production of the musical. “Company”.

Banderas, star of “The Mask of Zorro” and dozens of other films, will direct and star in a Spanish language version of the Broadway show of 1970 of Stephen Sondheim, who won six Tony Awards, in his hometown of Malaga in the south of Spain.

“When we go home after rehearsals, that’s when it really did its job,” he told reporters Thursday.

“When we’re home, maybe it’s having dinner where I ask her very direct questions and get very direct answers about what she’s seeing,” he said, adding that he had always trusted her opinions.

The actor, 61, opened the Teatro Del Soho Theater in Malaga two years ago to serve as a non-profit center for the production, training and promotion of the performing arts.

After a successful first year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to stop the activity.

“Company,” which has never been performed in Spanish, will premiere November 17 and has been adapted for modern audiences, courtesy of author Stephen Sondheim.

“It doesn’t have a traditional narrative, it moves with sketches and a central character who wanders, has tribulations, reflections on his life and the commitment he acquires in terms of friendship and direct engagements in the dating world,” Banderas said at an event to promote the show.

Banderas, who switched to football after a youthful injury, rose to prominence as the dashing male lead in several Pedro Almodovar films in the 1980s, including ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’.

He found Hollywood stardom in the ’90s, sharing the screen with Tom Hanks in “Philadelphia” and Brad Pitt in “Interview with the Vampire.”

Most recently, he starred in Almodovar’s autobiography ‘Pain and Glory,’ which earned him a 2020 Best Actor Oscar nomination.