I have two words for you. Ghetto Klown.
Now one word. Go.
I don't mean to be cryptic, but I do want to get the headlines out first...
Question: Are you aware of how talented John Leguizamo is?
I knew he had performed in a number of one man shows over the years. I knew he was a funny guy, an actor, a real New York character. But I had never seen him perform live on stage. So, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
Before seeing the show, I had a conversation with the lovely press rep for the production and asked her how long this one man show is. "2 hours and 20 minutes," she answered. And then added, "He has a lot of energy." And that is NO understatement.
I mean, John starts the show with a burst and continues at that pace for the entire time. There is even an intermission, and he comes back as energized as ever.
And boy does he have a fan base! When the lights dimmed, the cheers began, before John even took the stage.
Ghetto Klown is about Leguizamo's journey from his early days as a Queens street kid to his current life as a performer and celebrity, focusing on the people who showed him his path, the story of how he feel in love with
writing and theater, the strong influences of the women in his life, and the turbulent (and heartbreaking ) relationship with his dad. Directed by actor, director, producer Fisher Stevens, Ghetto Klown is a truly special evening in the theater.
Leguizamo is one of those performers who grabs your attention and does not let go. His comedic timing is impeccable. His writing brilliant, and his performance quite astounding.
The visuals, music, his voices and impressions and even his dancing all up the entertainment quotient of this solo performance. Fisher Steven's directing keeps the pace exciting and fresh.
I have already recommended Ghetto Klown to a number of people. And now I am recommending it to you.
Ghetto Klown runs for a limited engagement at the Lyceum Theater. It has just been extended until July 10th, but does not play a full Broadway schedule, so definitely make plans to get tickets.
a 5 time Billboard Magazine Award winner, is perhaps best known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 position in the New York radio market as the midday host of New York’s 106.7 FM. She was also the co-creator, writer, producer and host of 'Spotlight On,' a nationally syndicated program that featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion, to name a few.
Presently, Valerie can be heard on her new daily radio show, Valerie’s New York on WOR.710.com. She is also the voice of numerous commercials and television promos. She has been the “Voice of God” for many prestigious live events including: The Clinton Global Initiative, The New York Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS, and many more. She writes a weekly nightlife column for TheThreeTomatoes.com and writes a theater column for Examiner.com.
As adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, Valerie teaches a course on Internet Radio and Voice-over, coaches talent privately, and produces promo reels and demo tapes for various clients.
An actress and writer, she has appeared in numerous off -Broadway productions and co-wrote a play with music entitled, "Spit it Out!"