Colombian-American comedian, actor and playwright John Leguizamo has been making headlines for his shows since the early ’90s. His most show, Latin History for Morons, played for sold out theaters in New York’s Public Theater and wow-ed the audiences who came to see it.
Now, even if you don’t live in New York, it’s been announced that the show will be filmed live in an upcoming performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and streamed on Netflix.
The show was nominated for a 2018 Tony award for the Best Play on Broadway, on top of a special award for Leguizamo as a performer who has brought diverse stories to the stage for the past three decades of his career. It was inspired by trying to help his kid with finding Latino heroes to look up to for a school project. The research turned into the Broadway show including 3,000 years of Latino history, starting with the conquistadors all the way to Menudo.
Previous works of his include Mambo Mouth (1991), Spic-O-Rama (1992), Sexaholix (2001), and Ghetto Klown (2014), which are usually available on DVD or HBO. By having Latin History for Morons on Netflix, it will allow people who might not have otherwise had the money or access to see a Tony-nominated show, particularly one that talks about the history of Latinx culture.
The special filming at NJPAC will take place from June 28-30th. If you’re in the area, you can find tickets for the live taping at NJPAC’s website here.