Ed Begley, Jr. Pens and Directs New Musical Cesar and Ruben in CA

News   Ed Begley, Jr. Pens and Directs New Musical Cesar and Ruben in CA Actor Ed Begley, Jr. directs the world premiere of his musical celebration Cesar and Ruben at North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre. The debut will play at the California venue March 7-April 6.

Cesar and Ruben celebrates the life and work of labor leader Cesar Chavez and the award-winning Los Angeles Times columnist Ruben Salazar, who wrote about him. Chavez was he founder of the United Farm Workers union in 1962.

The musical features songs by Ruben Blades, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Enrigue Iglesias, David Crosby and Carmen Moreno. Steven Orich acts as musical director for the production. Erik Sterling, Jason Winters and Jon Carrasco executive produce with producer Stephen Roseberry.

The cast of 15 features Robert Alcazar and Tony D'Arc in the title roles as well as Marta Dubois, Danielle Barbosa and Edward Albert.

The world premiere, endorsed by the Chaves family and the Cesar Chavez Foundation is presented in conjunction with Cesar Chavez Day (March 31) and the U.S. Postal Service's release of a Cesar Chavez Stamp on April 23. 

Begley, Jr. is best known for his performance as an actor in the television series "St. Elsewhere." His film credits include "This Is Spinal Tap," "The Accidental Tourist" and "Transylvania 6-5000." He has also made a number of appearances as recurring characters on TV in "7th Heaven," "Providence" and "Six Feet Under." Tickets to Cesar and Ruben at El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA, can be purchased through Ticketmaster at (213) 480-3232 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.