John Leguizamo, recently seen on screen as Toulouse Lautrec in Baz Luhrman's theatrical film "Moulin Rouge," spent the summer making his return to the live stage with a short national tour of a solo titled John Leguizamo Live.
Now the piece, produced by Robin Tate, has developed into Sexaholix and will play a limited run on Broadway at the Royale Theatre, Oct. 9-Nov. 18. Directed by Peter Askin, the piece will concentrate especially on — you guessed it — sex. "The show is very sex driven," Leguizamo told Variety (Aug. 26). "It's about white Europeans coming over and sexing up Indians and menage-a-troising it with black folks. That's how the Latin man was born."
As in his earlier one-man performances, Leguizamo employs an "in-your face" comedic style, covering Latino history, childhood and family, relationships, and finally fatherhood. According to the Bill Evans press office, the tour has visited 20 cities in its summer run, June 26-Sept. 1, with a stop at NYC's Beacon Theatre in August. Leguizamo's manager, Jeff Golenberg, told Variety the six-week Broadway run of Sexaholix could be extended if ticket demand warranted.
The Colombian character actor who first caught the eyes of the theatre world with his one-man show Mambo Mouth — which won him an Obie and an Outer Critics Circle Award — later took the Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance for his Spic-O-Rama. His most recent stage work, Freak: A Semi-Demi-Quasi Pseudo Autobiography, garnered him a Tony nomination. All three efforts were later aired on HBO and won CableACE awards.
Also a viable film star, moviegoers may remember Leguizamo from "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" in drag as Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez or in Baz Luhrman's "Romeo + Juliet" as a Virgin Mary-gun toting Tybalt. His biggest role came in the 1999 Spike Lee joint "The Summer of Sam". John Leguizamo Live finishes up its tour Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. For tickets and information on Sexaholix at the Royale Theatre: 242 West 45th Street, call (212) 239-6200.
— by David Lefkowitz
and Ernio Hernandez