Daniel Boaventura's Mexican Gamble Pays Off With Hits Album

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Alberto Lemos
Daniel Boaventura

As the prolific singer expands his catalog of music, the TV/film/stage star reflects on a thriving musical career taking him beyond his native Brazil.

After earthquakes devastated parts of Mexico last year just as he was about to perform there, Daniel Boaventura understandably didn't expect his show would get much attention. However, the show must go on, Boaventura told himself.

But when he arrived to Mexico City last year shortly after the devastating earthquakes made headlines in September, he was so surprised and overwhelmed by the adulation he received in the following month, that he had to take a moment to reflect.

"It was a big surprise for me," Boaventura tells Billboard. "I really didn't know. I think Mexican people like those big songs. It was a very special night."

It was an exceptional evening for Boaventura who also recorded a CD/DVD from the Metropolitan Theatre in Mexico, titled Daniel Boaventura En Vivo En Mexico  (Sony). The CD/DVD, which Boaventura calls one of the highlights of his career, was recorded before a sold-out audience of over 3,000 people, and features a slew of classics from both the Latin and American songbook. The 18 tracks, which Boaventura recorded with his orchestra, include "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Corazón Partío" and "Makin' Whoopee," featuring American pianist, arranger and composer Arthur Hanlon. 

The album, released in Mexico earlier this year, climbed to No. 3 in that country's Top Albums chart, published by AMPROFON. 

Now, Boaventura returns to Mexico to perform his classics again, with shows slated for Auditorio Metropolitano in Puebla (Aug. 25), Auditorio Pabellon in Monterrey (Aug. 29) and Teatro Metropolitan in Mexico City (Aug. 30), the same place where he recorded his album.  ​ 

Born in Salvador (Bahia), Boaventura's performances as a singer of Broadway style musicals such as Chicago, My Fair Lady and Evita in addition to his television career in soap operas such as Malhação (2007-2009), Cama de Gato (2010), Passione (2011) and the miniseries Tapas & Beijos (2011 - 2015) added to a busy career. He had a big voice, a big presence and a big personality. 

In 2009, Boaventura signed with Sony Music, which led to his first album, Songs 4 U featuring American standards such as "Fly Me to the Moon" (In Other Words), "You're So Vain," and "I'm In the Mood for Love." What followed next was a series of sold-out concerts, DVDs showcasing his work and venturing to other countries -- including Mexico, where he met his fans and introduced them to his brand of stage shows. 

Now, going back to the country that has been supremely supportive, he says, is special. 

"I'll never forget last year's show and the reaction of the public," said Boaventura, who was pleasantly surprised that outside the venue last year there was merchandise with his name on it being sold by local vendors. "We didn't advertise, there had just been a devastating natural disaster and people still came to see the show. I remain thankful, grateful and humbled."

Watch Daniel Boaventura with Carlos Rivera here: 

Watch Daniel Boaventura's "Makin' Whoopee" featuring Arthur Hanlon here:

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