From Mariachi to Merman, Sondheim to Cesar Chavez

Dan Guerrero premierea his one-man show ?Gaytino!, May 12

By Brenda Salas
Published on LatinoLA: May 7, 2006

From Mariachi to Merman, Sondheim to Cesar Chavez

Returning from a triumphant eight-city tour of fundraising events for various charitable organizations, Dan Guerrero will premiere his one-man show ?Gaytino! as part of SOLOMANIA! - a festival of four solo performances in rotating repertory over eight weeks. ?Gaytino! opens on May 12 and runs through Sunday June 11. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.

?I?m thrilled that Michael Ritchie invited me to join the SOLOMANIA! festival and to have my world premiere produced by one of the most important and prestigious theatre groups in the nation?, says Guerrero. ?And it?s fitting that I bow in the city that shaped my early life.?

From Mariachi to Merman. Sondheim to Cesar Chavez, ?Gaytino! Is Guerrero?s life journey, from East LA in the 50s to New York?s Broadway in the 60s and 70s and back to his life as a highly-acclaimed Hollywood producer. Directed by Diane Rodriguez, ?Gaytino! features universal themes of self-discovery, self-identity and acceptance, all interwoven with music, dance and plenty of laughs. The action throughout is anchored by Guerrero?s relationship with his famous dad, Lalo Guerrero, widely-known as the Father of Chicano Music, as well as his treasured life-long friendship with boyhood friend, artist Carlos Almaraz, one of the leaders of the Chicano Art Movement of the 1970s. Masterfully told with biting humor, sincere drama, music and a little Spanglish, ?Gaytino! is hilarious, touching and provocative.

Dan Guerrero started his eclectic career in New York after leaving East L.A. at age twenty to sing and dance in New York musicals. He performed off-Broadway, in summer stock, and in countless revues including one that took him to the Nixon White House for a special performance.

Guerrero later became a successful Broadway theatrical agent in the years from ?A Chorus Line? to ?Cats?, representing Tony Award winners and future Hollywood stars including first agent to Sarah Jessica Parker and Fran Drescher. Moving back to Los Angeles after twenty years, Guerrero became a born-again Hispanic fiercely working for more positive Latino images on the screen as casting director, writer and for the past dozen years, as a successful producer.

Guerrero has produced Latino-themed programming in English and Spanish for network and cable television and live concert events at prestigious venues from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to the Cite de la Musique in Paris, France.

?Gaytino! is written and performed by Dan Guerrero. Directed by Diane Rodriguez. Musical Staging: Kay Cole. Music Produced and Arranged by Joseph Julian Gonzalez, Germaine Franco. Projection Design: Daniel Foster.

Except for Vecinos Night on April 29, ticket prices range from $20-40. Groups rates $12. To purchase tickets, call the Center Theatre Box Office at (213) 628-2772. For Group tickets, please call (213) 972-7231.
Visit www.gaytino.com

?Gaytino! Performance Schedule

Sunday, May 7 8 PM
Tuesday, May 9 8 PM
Friday, May 12 9:30 PM Opening Night
Thursday, May 18 8 PM
Saturday, May 20 9 PM
Wednesday, May 24 8 PM
Saturday, May 27 6:30 PM
Sunday, May 28 6:30 PM

Friday, June 2 9 PM
Saturday, June 3 4 PM
Sunday, June 4 4 PM
Friday, June 9 6:30 PM
Sunday, June 11 1 PM

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