Versatile star of stage and screen, John Leguizamo, will make his return to Broadway this fall in Latin History for Morons. Described as “UPROARIOUS, UNCENSORED, AND UNDENIABLY ENTERTAINING,” the piece is written and performed by Leguizamo and directed by Tony Taccone. Previews will begin for the strictly-limited engagement, on October 19, 2017 with a November 15 opening night. The production will play at Broadway’s Studio 54 through Sunday, February 4.
“In Latin History for Morons, John Leguizamo schools his son—and the rest of us—on the buried and forgotten history of Latinos in the Americas in this outrageously funny, satirical one-man play about uncovering the truth, and recovering from the past. Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 95 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.”
Latin History for Morons will be Leguizamo’s sixth one-man show to reach the stage, and his third to reach Broadway. His other Broadway ventures include Ghetto Klown (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award), and Freak (Drama Desk Award). Mambo Mouth (Obie Award), Spic-O-Rama (Drama Desk Award) and Sexaholix…A Love Story are his Off-Broadway outings. Among his myriad film roles, Leguizamo has starred in To Wong Foo -Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, Moulin Rouge, Ice Age, Romeo + Juliet, and Die Hard 2. His stage productions of Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak and Ghetto Klown all went on to be filmed for presentation on HBO. Upcoming projects include The Adventures of Drunky, set for release this year; ABC’s TV movie drama Salamander; Nancy, and Waco, a six-part event series set to release in 2018.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.