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Posts tagged ‘John Leguizamo’

25
Mar

Stage Rush TV: Episode 56

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What do you think, Rushers? Do you think The Book of Mormon is (or will be) offensive to some audiences? Have you ever been offended by a play? Why do you think audiences should not be offended by art? Is Book of Mormon on your must-see list? Leave your (non-offensive) thoughts in the comments below. And in the meantime, sign up for Stage Rush’s weekly newsletter!

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23
Mar

Review: John Leguizamo’s ‘Ghetto Klown’

john leguizamo ghetto klown clown broadway show posterIn his third Broadway engagement (we won’t count the revival of American Buffalo, which closed after eight performances in 2008), John Leguizamo returns to tell his life story in a one-man show. But wait, hasn’t he done this before? Leguizamo’s previous shows Freak and Sexaholix… a love story focused on specific aspects of his life (his family and his love life, respectfully). This newest piece, Ghetto Klown, drops the specifics and tackles Leguizamo’s entire life. But is this repeat performance worth it? If Leguizamo is performing, the answer is yes.

When Leguizamo takes the stage and tells of his obstacles on the road to becoming an actor, he reminds of Robin Williams; this ball of energy with a rubber face was destined to do one thing in life – perform. One needs only to look to the audience for confirmation. Throughout the performance I attended, Leguizamo had the crowd at the Lyceum Theatre in stitches. Yet laughter wasn’t the strongest indicator of Leguizamo’s control over the audience. There was a palpable connection in the theater between the people in the seats and the man on stage. Leguizamo’s story is a relatable one of humble beginnings and great achievements, with the underlying and realistic theme that nothing is ever perfect.

Leguizamo vividly paints the picture: his penned one-man shows open to critical acclaim, but his father is deeply offended by his son’s portrayal of him. Despite booking one high-profile film after another, Leguizamo is often cast in drug-dealer roles, and his scenes are frequently cut in editing. What makes Leguizamo’s story worth telling is that he grows from each of these experiences, and we are presented with the “klown” that is onstage before us. Read more »

28
Jan

Stage Rush TV: Episode 48

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What do you think, Rushers? Have you been a devout follower of John Leguizamo’s career since the early 90s? What’s your favorite film of his? Do you think Memphis‘s theatrical release is a good move? Will you go see it? Do you think people who see it in movie theaters will be more likely or less likely to buy a ticket to see it on Broadway? Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!

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25
Jan

John Leguizamo applies his ‘Ghetto Klown’ makeup for Broadway

John Leguizamo just can’t stop talking about himself. The outrageous actor is returning to Broadway in February in his fifth one-man show. Yet unlike his outings in Spic-O-Rama and Sexaholix, his new Ghetto Klown piece will turn the focus from his family and Queens upbringing to the famous Hollywood stars he’s worked with. Impersonations of Robert De Niro and Harrison Ford will provide what Leguizamo promises to be a no-holds-barred look into the goings on of the movie star world.

At a press conference last week for Ghetto Klown, Leguizamo spoke about contributing to mainstream Latino entertainment, why now is the right time for him to bring the show to Broadway, and what audiences can expect from his fifth solo show. Check out the video below.

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Ghetto Klown
begins previews February 21 at the Lyceum Theatre. Are you excited for Leguizamo’s new show, Rushers? What’s your favorite movie or role he’s performed in? Tune into Stage Rush TV this Friday to see what Leguizamo has to say about his past films: Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and Spawn.

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