Chiquititas is an upcoming Brazilian telenovela written by Íris Abravanel, based on the original series of same name crated by Cris Morena, and is a remake of the previous version for that country. The series is directed by Reynaldo Boury.
The remake was announced in September 2012 by SBT, with the purpose of maintaining the positive ratings given by Carrossel, also directed for younger viewers.
Chiquititas stars Brazilian actress Manuela do Monte as Carol, a young woman who gradually assumes the role of a mother for a group of orphans living in a manor, the Raio de Luz orphanage, and Giovanna Grigio as Mili, an orphan who seeks to know about her unknown origins.
Soon after Gabriela (Naiumi Goldoni) had a child, her father José Ricardo Almeida Campos (Roberto Frota) kidnapped his granddaughter because, as a very conservative man, he could not accept the idea that his daughter became involved with a servant. As his granddaughter Mili (Giovanna Grigio) needs a place to live, he rises an orphanage named "Raio De Luz" ("Light Gleam", originally "Rincón de Luz", which means "Corner of Light"). Mili grew up in this Manor alongside other girls that later arrived. Her fellows are Bia, Ana, sisters Tati and Vivi, and Cris. As the years passed, the girls became a family.
They are supervisioned by Ernestina, the rigorous and funny janitor of the orphanage, and Chico, the adorable Chef very beloved by the girls. Sofia is the director of the orphanage until Carmem (Giovanna Gold), an ambitious woman who's also the sister of José Ricardo, takes her off this position. Their family is later increased with the arrival of Pata, Mosca, Binho and Rafa, children who lived in the streets before being upheld by the instituition. Pata and Mili became best friends, while Binho, Mosca and Rafa are the first boys to be introduced in the manor. The homeless children are taken to the house by a sweethearted young woman who touches and changes their lives, as well as the lives of the girls inside Raio De Luz.
The woman is Carolina (Manuela do Monte), or Carol, a young woman that works in one of the Almeida's cafeterias and is also a psychology academic. Carol lives with her friend Clarita (Letícia Navas) and her brother Beto (Emílio Eric Surita). They take care of Dani (Carolina Chamberlain), a girl that has recently lost her mother Letícia (Amanda Acosta). At her work, Carol meets Junior (Guilherme Boury), Ricardo's youngest son, an economist that lived in London and is back to São Paulo to continue his business. He discovers his emotionally unstable sister Gabriela, and blames his father for her condition. Junior also brings José Ricardo's supposed benevolence into question, since he always demonstrated snobbery and egoism. Alongside Carol, Junior helps Mili in the search for her past.
Carol and Junior fall in love for each other but José Ricardo, with his snobbish behaviour, does the impossible to keep them apart. His daughter, Gabriela, became mentally affected since she believes she had a stillbirth child, actually a lie her father told her right after Mili was born. Her serious condition is softened by Mili herself, both unaware of their blood ties.
Differently from the previous Brazilian version, Chiquititas is completely produced in Brazil. Also, the cast members sing the musical themes by themselves, instead of dubbing the songs, as done in Chiquititas Brasil. Vocal skills were required during the auditions.
Actress Manuela do Monte portrays Carol. Monte stated that she did not watch the previous Brazilian version of the story, rather being inspired by real-life experiences in an orphanage she has frequented. Despite not watching Chiquititas Brasil, the actress stated that she did express interest in auditioning for a role at its time, but ended up not doing it. The part was played by actress Flávia Monteiro in Chiquititas Brasil, and by Romina Yan in Chiquititas (as Belén Fraga).
Giovanna Grigio portrays Mili, the oldest orphan among the chiquititas. Grigio declared that she is doing her own version for the character, although praising its portrayal previously done by Fernanda Souza, which catapulted Souza's career. Mili was originally played by Argentine actress Agustina Cherri. Grigio auditioned seven times until definitely getting the role.
Actor Gésio Amadeu, who portrayed Chico the Chef in Chiquititas Brasil, was asked by SBT to reprise his role, which he could not accept due to commitments with Rede Globo's telenovela Flor do Caribe. Fellow actor João Acaiabe was then suggested by Amadeu for the part. The character was originally portrayed by actor Alberto Fernández de Rosa (named Saverio the Chef), who was also a supervising producer of Chiquititas Brasil.
The series is directed by Reynaldo Boury, produced by Fernando Pelegio, and written by author Íris Abravanel, all of them responsible for the creation of Carrossel. Chiquititas is unique for having no involvement of creator Cris Morena.
Actress Flávia Monteiro, who portrayed Carol in the previous version, has supported the remake by saying "I'm pretty sure that it'll be a huge hit. I hope they mantain that magic and sensibility (...). It's essential not to lose the ludic and the joy that existed".Fernanda Souza also demonstrated positive thoughts on the 2013 series, stating that "Chiquititas is a beautiful work which children and teenagers are in need. Its innocence is missing". About the portrayal of Mili, she declared that "she was a very special role to me, and I'm sure she's going to change her (Giovanna Grigio's) life as well".
Actor and humorist Nelson Freitas, who played the role of Doctor Fernando Brausen, opined that "the remake might achieve a good result, but that strong originality might be hard to supplant.
The actress and current host of the Brazilian version of The Morning Show, Renata Del Bianco (who played Vivi) met with the current children cast, besides, Del Bianco wore the uniform of his former character. At the launch party for debut, there was a reunion with Del Bianco and much of the cast from the first version (now as adults) and remember the old choreography of the opening theme.
In addition to the usual soundtrack, the telenovela features MPB songs, as well as original musical themes. The composers Arnaldo Saccomani and Laércio Ferreira are responsible for the soundtrack of the novel.
Note: This order of songs here is not official for the CD to be released in August 2013.
Remexe (Stokes) - Chiquititas opening theme
Berlinda (Berlinda - Game of truth)
Tudo Tudo (Everything Everything)
Grava Essa Ideia (Writes this idea)
Abraça o Mundo (Embraces the world)
Igual aos Demais (Like the others)
Sempre Juntos (Always together)
Até Dez (Up to ten)
Me Passam Coisas (Things I Spend)
Coração com Buraquinhos (Heart with holes)
O Chefe Chico (Chief chico)
Todo Mundo Chique (Everyone chic)
Chiquititas opening theme
Clip showing some scenes Chiquititas
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