By Robert Simonson
16 Jun 1998
Freak 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, which is running at the Cort Theatre through July 5, 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.
Freak will begin filming next week, according to sources, and will take place inside the Cort Theatre where Lee will tape two live performances. The director 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. It was originally scheduled to run only 70 performances, but was eventually extended to July 5.