The live taping of John Leguizamo's one-man work, Sexaholix... a love story will air on HBO for those who can stay up late. The show adapted for the screen under the direction of Marty Callner will debut on the cable network starting April 13 at 10PM EST.
As in his earlier award-winning one-man performances, Leguizamo employs an "in your face" comedic style, covering in his words "relationships: dating, trying to 'get some', breaking up, break-up sex, make-up sex, marriage, divorce," and other topics including Latino history, childhood, family, and finally fatherhood, referencing his own experiences and relatives.
The show which ran at Broadway's Royale Theatre was taped live, Feb. 22-23, at an HBO taping at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre — where the solo artist stopped last summer when developing the show. All three of Leguizamo's previous solo efforts aired on HBO and won CableACE awards.
Subsequent EST April airings on HBO will include: April 18 at 11:55 AM, April 24 at 12:30 AM, April 26 at 2:10 AM, and April 29 10:00 PM. The show — which clocks 92 minutes of screentime — is scheduled to run throughout May on HBO and its other channels (HBO2, HBO Latino, HBO Comedy). For more information, check your local listings.
* The show — which was the culmination of a national tour last summer — will once tour the United States later this year. The tour will play San Diego's Spreckels Theatre, San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, Boston's Colonial Theatre, Washington D.C's Warner Theatre and Chicago's Oriental Theatre according to spokespersons at the Tate Entertainment Group. Other cities will be announced soon.
After spending the summer making his return to the live stage with a short national tour of a solo show titled John Leguizamo Live — an RCA recording of the show is available on CD — the piece, produced by Robin Tate, developed into Sexaholix... a love story. The show began previews on Broadway Oct. 9 and opened Nov. 4. The production extended twice before finally closing Feb. 10.
Director Peter Askin, who helmed Leguizamo's Mambo Mouth and Spic-O Rama reteamed with the actor for this, his fourth and final solo venture as Leguizamo told Playbill On-Line, "I think that's it. They're fun and I love them but I want to leave at the top of my game." (To read the full interview with John Leguizamo, click Playbill On-Line's Brief Encounter feature.)
The Colombian chameleon 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.
Also a viable film star, moviegoers may remember Leguizamo from recently as Toulouse Lautrec in Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge," in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" in drag as Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez or in Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" as a Virgin Mary-gun toting Tybalt. His biggest role came in the 1999 Spike Lee joint "The Summer of Sam."