LATIN HISTORY FOR…
- By KEN WERTHER
- Photo By MATTHEW MURHPY
John Leguizamo does it all — he is an actor, a stand-up comedian, a filmmaker, an author, and a playwright! Over the course of a truly remarkable career he has conquered the movies, television, and the stage, winning countless awards (including a Special Tony) and glowing accolades along the way. He wrote and performed Mambo Mouth (1991) and Spic-O-Rama (1993) off-Broadway before his breakout film role in Super Mario Bros (1993). He has appeared in over 75 films (and produced 10), starred on Broadway in several productions, and has been seen on television in numerous series including House of Buggin’ (which he also created, wrote, and produced), Arabian Nights, ER, The Kill Point, and Blood Line.
Live onstage, Leguizamo is magical and hilarious. This month, Latin History for Morons arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre. Originally produced off-Broadway and later moved to Broadway, the show attempts to rectify the omissions in standard school texts of Latin people’s — or peoples’ — contributions to American History. The New York Times called it, “A harshly funny and surprisingly poignant quest for the perfect Latino hero.” In 2003, Leguizamo’s Sexaholix … a love story played a sold-out engagement at the Ahmanson and working with him on the publicity was one of the happiest times of my career. I later saw Ghetto Klown at the Montalbán Theatre (2012); his performance was electric as always. I am so excited to see him onstage again. He never, ever disappoints.
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