John Leguizamo, who currently stars on Broadway in his solo show Latin History for Morons, will host the 63rd annual Obie Awards. The celebration of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theatre will take place May 21 at Terminal 5 in midtown.
“The Obie I won for my first solo play, Mambo Mouth, was unspeakably encouraging for a young artist just starting out, and still holds a ton of meaning to me,” said Leguizamo in a statement. “I am thrilled to take part in celebrating this year’s crop of Obie winners. It’s not just a great honor; it brings my career full circle.”
This year's judges' panel, once again chaired by Village Voice critic Michael Feingold, consists of Entertainment Weekly critic Melissa Rose Bernardo, projection designer Wendall K. Harrington, Broadway News' Charles Isherwood, costume designer Toni-Leslie Jame, and stage alums Sondra Lee, Arian Moayed, and Ching Valdes-Aran.
Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons, a crash course on the contributions of the Latinx community dating back to Mayan civilization, is scheduled to play through February 25 at Broadway's Studio 54. The actor-comedian's additional works include Freak (which earned him two Tony nominations), Ghetto Klown, and Spic-O-Rama.