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Archive for May 13th, 2011

John Leguizamo, The Ghetto Klown

John Leguizamo is one of the most recognizable Latino Actors in American movies. But making it big in Hollywood didn’t come easily, especially for an immigrant kid from Queens. He says he always felt like an outsider but he was determined to make his mark and found humor was a strong unifying force that helped him bridge cultures.


To break out of the stereotypical roles he was often offered as a Latino, over the years he created a series of one-man shows on and off-Broadway — shows that have won him Emmy and Obie awards. In his latest one-man show Ghetto Klown, Leguizamo candidly reveals his rocky career path, and the personal toll it has taken.

Told with a lot of humor and great energy, Leguizamo bears his soul on stage and takes the audience on the very personal and revealing journey of his life and career. Maria Hinojosa sat down with Leguizamo to talk about his play, his life and the risks he’s taken revealing the contours of his life, live, on stage.

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John Leguizamo’s GHETTO KLOWN is directed by Academy Award Winner Fisher Stevens and is presented by WestBeth Entertainment, Daveed D. Frazier and Nelle Nugent. Effective May 16, Ghetto Klown will play Monday – Saturday at the Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) with extended performances through July 10. For detailed information and tickets, visit the official show website GhettoKlownonBroadway.com and watch selected clips below.


Pedro Luis Ferrer — The Cuban Legend Is Back

Singer, guitarist and composer Pedro Luis Ferrer is a household name in Cuba. His innovative music made him a star in the 70’s, but his social criticism made him an enemy to Fidel Castro’s Government. His music was banned from the airwaves in the late 90s, but today, he is back in the spotlight with a new musical style. Correspondent Reese Erlich visited Ferrer at his home in Havana to find out what exactly “Nueva Trova” is and how Ferrer’s new sound is capturing the hearts of world-wide audiences yet again.

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