Broadway Production of the Life of Celia Cruz

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Published on LatinoLA: June 14, 2007

Broadway Production of the Life of Celia Cruz

Tickets for the Broadway production ‘«£Celia‘«ō, about the life of Celia Cruz, went on sale this week. The show, produced by David Maldonado and Henry Cardenas, premieres on August 28th.

Jockey John Velazquez rode filly Rags to Riches to victory at the Kentucky Derby.

Thalia is expecting her first child with husband Tommy Mottola. The couple is expecting a baby girl.

Wal-Mart has assigned its $60 million multicultural media planning and buying account to New York agency 42 Degrees.

Daddy Yankee was released from the hospital this week after falling ill from dehydration and a viral infection. Unfortunately, the illness prevented his appearance on the MTV Tr3s float at the Puerto Rican Day parade, but Jennifer Lopez was able to do the honors in his absence.

Ritmo Latino once again is boycotting an artist for giving exclusives to big-box stores. Ritmo Latino president David Massry announced a temporary boycott of Enrique Iglesias‘«÷ new album ‘«£Insomniac‘«ō, citing bonus content given to Wal-Mart.

Soda Stereo has announced its first tour dates of the legendary band‘«÷s return ten years after its separation in 1997. The tour kicks off October 19th and 20th at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires and will move on to Mexico and Colombia with more dates to be announced.

Alberto Fujimori, former president of Peru, is being placed under house arrest in Chile after reports were found that Chilean officials were recommending his extradition. Accused of embezzling $15 million and using excessive anti-terrorism measures, among other things, Fujimori claims he has no intention of leaving the country.

Oscar de La Hoya has just been named the 2nd highest paid athlete by Sports Illustrated in their "50 Highest Paid Athletes in America". Following Tiger Woods with $112 million, de La Hoya's $55 million managed to beat out Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez, who were also in the top ten.

KCRW announced its lineup for the World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Among this year‘«÷s performers are Carlinhos Brown, Caf?ģ Tacuba and Brazilian Girls.

MTV Networks Latin America has restructured its creative operations. As part of the new plan, MTVNLA will move MTV and VH1‘«÷s programming and production teams from Miami to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Mexico City. Vicente Solis will take over as VP of MTV/VH1 Content for Mexico. Jose Tillan will serve as Senior Vice President, Content and Music for MTV/VH1 Latin America.

Dylan Verrechia and James Lefkowitz‘«÷s "Tijuana Makes Me Happy" won the 2007 SAFILM Indie Max Award in San Antonio. The film also took top honors at the Slamdance Film Festival.

A new report published in Forbes Magazine predicts an increase in advertising for Spanish-language broadcasters due to the focus on immigration issues and politicians need to reach the key demographic of Hispanic voters. Among the broadcasters expected to benefit the most are Entravision Communications Corp., Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. and Univision.

Estefano was released from the hospital after being shot twice on May 25th.

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