Since 1959, the management of the Tropicana Club was taken over by the revolutionary government of Cuba. Gambling was eradicated from the cabaret and the entire island. Since then, the show has focused on the artistic, historical and cultural aspects of Cuban music and dancing.
Depending on weather conditions the show can take place in an outdoor setting in the middle of a lush rainforest accommodating up to 1,000 people or, if there is a threat of rain, in a hall with capacity for 500 people, with ceiling illumination resembling the night sky in the Cuban countryside.
The current show is called Drums in Concert
and lasts more than two hours during which the main stage, side platforms, and even the aisles of the great hall become an explosion of light, color, lavish costumes, music, acrobatics, songs, dances and continuous movement. The program includes songs and dances of Afro-Cuban rhythms
such as Guaracha
, Rumba, Salsa, Guajira
, Mambo and more, reviving Spanish and African roots and traditions in a distinctly tropical, joyful and vivacious performance. In the most electrifying moments of the show, one cannot help thinking that all artists, singers and dancers in the program are public employees performing a role on behalf of their country’s government.
The ticket to the Tropicana show is relatively expensive. The price is based on seating location with respect to the stage and includes a welcome drink, a local Cola beverage, a quarter litre of Rum (Havana Club) and some snacks. If you want to take pictures or video of the show, it is entirely possible, but you must pay an additional fee.
The Tropicana Club is located practically on the outskirts of Havana, so if it is not part of a tour that includes transfer, it is necessary to negotiate ahead with a taxi for a return trip, since the remoteness of the place and the late time of the show’s ending may complicate coming back to the city center.
In summary, the show at the Tropicana Club is a must during a trip to Havana. The fabulous performance, the quality of the choreography and the beauty of the dancers, make this presentation an unforgettable event well worth its cost.
For additional information about The Tropicana Club in Havana, view this website