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1. (Theatre) a type of Spanish vaudeville or operetta, usually satirical in nature
2. (Cookery) a seafood stew
[from Spanish, from La Zarzuela, name of the palace near Madrid where such vaudeville was first performed (1629)]
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(zɑrˈzweɪ lə, -ˈzwi-; Sp. θɑrˈθwɛ lɑ, sɑrˈswɛ-)

n., pl. -las (-ləz; Sp. -läs).
a Spanish opera having spoken dialogue and often a satirically treated topical theme.
[1885–90; < Sp]
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Aside from decades of experience in film, Siguion-Reyna also performed leading roles in musical theatre and in "zarzuelas.
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The monument was built by Aguman 33, a group of actors in Soto's zarzuelas, in 1919 or a year after the death of the playwright-patriot.
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