The limited engagement of John Leguizamo's hit one-man Broadway show, Freak, officially ended July 4, but NY audiences have one more chance to catch the hugely popular solo. On July 6, Leguizamo will do a special performance of Freak to benefit the Actors' Fund. As during the regular run, Freak will play at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th St. Tickets are available at the Cort Theatre or by calling (212) 239-6200.
Freak was originally scheduled to conclude its run Mar. 29, then extended through May 1, and then added two more months due to a reported overwhelming demand for tickets.
In other Freak news, the solo will follow the path of two other John Leguizamo one-man shows, Mambo Mouth and Spic-o-rama, and be filmed for HBO. The Tony-nominated play will be directed for television by Spike Lee, as first reported in Variety. Lee has also cast Leguizamo, who was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play, in his next film, The Summer of Sam.
According to sources, Freak was scheduled to film two live performances at the Cort in late June. Lee will then put together the finished product from the two evenings.
[HBO cameras are becoming a familiar presence around the Great White Way. The cable network also has plans to film comedian Jerry Seinfeld's upcoming concert stint at the Broadhurst Theatre in August.] Freak, subtitled "A Semi-Demi-Quasi-Pseudo Autobiography (His Most Dangerous Work Yet)," began previews at the Cort Theatre Jan. 20 and opened Feb. 12.
The nation's "only human service organization for all entertainment professionals," the Actors' Fund of America is best known for providing financial assistance and social services (food, rent, medical expenses) to professionals in need. Given on a night when the show doesn't normally play, an Actors' Fund performance, with all benefits going to the Fund, charges the same box office prices as on other nights and is often well attended by members of the entertainment community.