John Leguizamo Hits a Home Run with "Ghetto Klown"
The actor's newest and most personal one-man play is truly inspirational, hilarious. In L.A. 'til Oct 16
Carlos San Miguel
Do you enjoy laughing? Do you enjoy Latino Theater? Then definitely go see "Ghetto Klown" - the newest & brilliant tour de force one man show written & performed by the multi-talented John Leguizamo. This one is definitely his most personal show yet. It's a must see ÔÇô GET TICKETS NOW ÔÇô as it only runs til Oct 16th at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.
Published on LatinoLA: October 7, 2011
DISCOUNT LA TICKETS: http://ghettoklownonbroadway.com/laspecialoffers
At 2 hours & 15 minutes ÔÇô John Leguizamo starts the show off very strong with so much energy it's truly infectious ... & he never let's up. He plays a multitude of characters ÔÇô including himself, his family, friends, lovers, Hollywood co-stars and many others. It's amazing just to watch him go from one to another without missing a hilarious beat.
Since the early 90s, John Leguizamo has been breaking new ground in film, TV & especially on stage. From humble beginnings, to working with some of Hollywood's most famous names. he continues to prove that his success is no fluke.
His hits and misses have included sharing the screen with some of Hollywood's biggest stars and through it all he has persevered, never forgetting where he comes from and always being proud of his Latino background and never being afraid to bite the hand that feeds him ÔÇô including being sued by his own parents for portraying them in his previous one-man shows.
In "Ghetto Klown," his newest show straight from Broadway, he pulls no punches as he recounts his personal history from before he ever became famous (and all the trials and tribulations with his family and friends) to his ascension up (and down) the Hollywood ladder - co-starring with a cornucopia of Hollywood stars over the years like Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Kurt Russell, Patrick Swayze, Robert De Niro, Martin Sheen, Nicole Kidman, Benicio Del Toro and many others ÔÇô many of whom make an "appearance" as John shares his hilarious stories of his acting & personal adventures from starting to perform on subway cars to being nominated for acting awards.
But it's not just all laughs, John explores some of his sadder and darker moments, the end of his first marriage, a nervous breakdown and his life-long difficult relationship with his father being perhaps the most significant. By the end of the show you feel inspired to not give up your own goals whatever they may be (especially if you're a young Latina/o who aspires to become a famous actor) and Leguizamo realizes his sky-rocket to fame has had some turbulent times and could come to end at anytime and by creating his own work he epitomizes the adage that where there's a will there's a way.
This play is a MUST-SEE, even if you're not a fan of his film work. To see him perform on stage is to see a master craftsman at work as he relates many of the highlights of from his own youth to his evolving life of now having children of his own ÔÇô it's almost like watching a self-therapy session, a very VERY funny session!
Check out these links for more info & video clips/ trailers for the play:
Dates: til Oct 16
Tues - Sat @ 8PM
Sun @ 5PM
Ricardo Montalban Theatre
1615 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028
DIRECT FROM BROADWAY! Conceived and performed by Emmy and Obie Award winner John Leguizamo and directed by Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens, GHETTO KLOWN starts performances in Hollywood at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre on Sept 30 thru Oct 16th - ONLY 15 PERFORMANCES!
Leguizamo explains, "GHETTO KLOWN is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would NEVER want the general public to know. It's cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. It's like Wikileaks but with no international manhunt. Yet."
GHETTO KLOWN was showcased in earlier incarnations in cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, New Haven, Santa Fe, Louisville, La Jolla, Berkeley, Toronto, and at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival.
Multi-faceted performer and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo's notable career defies categorization. Possessing boundless energy and creativity, Leguizamo's work spans the genres of film, theatre, television, literature and beyond. As writer and performer, Leguizamo created the Off-Broadway sensation Mambo Mouth, in which he portrayed seven different characters (Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Vanguardia Awards). His second one-man show Spic-O-Rama enjoyed extended sold-out runs in Chicago and New York (Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warriner Award for Best American Play, Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Broadway Performance, Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance). His third solo show Freak completed a successful run on Broadway in 1998. A special presentation of Freak, directed by Spike Lee, aired on HBO (Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program and nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special).
In Fall 2001 Leguizamo returned to Broadway with Sexaholix...a Love Story, directed by Peter Askin (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for "Outstanding Solo Performance" and Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Performance). Sexaholix aired as an HBO Special in Spring 2002 and toured widely. Other stage credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream and La Puta Vida at the New York Shakespeare Festival and Parting Gestures at INTAR. Presently, Leguizamo delights younger fans as the voice of Syd in Ice Age 1, 2 and 3. He has been seen in countless films including Love in the Time of Cholera opposite Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt, The Happening opposite Mark Wahlberg, Righteous Kill opposite Robert Deniro and Al Pacino, The Babysitters opposite Cynthia Nixon and The Take opposite Rosie Perez as well as Miracle at St. Anna, Land of the Dead, The Groomsmen, Lies & Alibis, Assault on Precinct 13, Sueno, Spin, Moulin Rouge, Summer of Sam, King of the Jungle, Spawn, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Dr. Doolittle, Carlito's Way and Casualties of War.
Fisher Stevens (Director) made his Broadway debut as David in Torch Song Trilogy. Other Broadway acting credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs and Carousel. Off-Broadway performing credits include productions of A Perfect Ganesh, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream at NYSF. Film and television credits include Flamingo Kid, Short Circuit, Hackers, Super Mario Brothers, The Marrying Man, Friends, Early Edition, Numbers and Lost. He co-founded Naked Angels Theatre Company in New York City and also co-founded GreeneStreet Films where he produced over 20 films, including In the Bedroom, A Prairie Home Companion, Uptown Girls and Awake. He produced and co-directed the documentary Crazy Love, which won the Independent Spirit Award, and won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary for The Cove.