Diana Nyad to re-create famous swim on stage

For the second time in a year, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad will be in dry dock. After her record-setting 110-mile, 53-hour swim from Cuba to Key West on Labor Day 2013, Nyad competed on the 18th season of Dancing With the Stars in March 2014. “I have rhythm,” she said. “I grew up doing salsa with Cubans in Miami.”

On Thursday, Nyad will also be landlocked but back in Key West for the premiere of her new one-woman show, Onward! The Diana Nyad Story, at The Studios of Key West. Related ONWARD! The poster for ‘Onward! The Diana Nyad Story’ that premieres at The Studios of Key West on Feb. 19, 2015 through Feb. 22. ONWARD!

The poster for ‘Onward! The Diana Nyad Story’ that premieres at The Studios of Key West on Feb. 19, 2015 through Feb. 22. | Newman PR Nyad wrote the theatrical presentation and performs under the direction of Josh Ravetch (Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking).

“I’d like to do Broadway one day. I think big,” Nyad said Wednesday in a phone interview. “I think we have lightning in a bottle in this show. We’re opening in Key West, hoping to find our muscle more and more, take it to big performing arts centers, and eventually to Broadway.” Big dreams. And would anyone seriously doubt her? Onward! finds Nyad re-creating on stage, through atmospheric visuals, talk and even singing — yes, she sings, too — that landmark swim in which she became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba to the Keys without a shark cage.

She managed the feat on her fifth attempt, at age 64. The first time she tried, in 1978, she was 28. Jimmy Carter was in the White House and Saturday Night Fever was on everyone’s stereo.

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