John Leguizamo, recently seen on screen as Toulouse Lautrec in Baz Luhrmann'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 been developed into Sexaholix... a love story and will play a limited run on Broadway at the Royale Theatre, beginning Oct. 9 with an official opening Nov. 4. Leguizamo's manager, Jeff Golenberg, told Variety the six-week Broadway run of Sexaholix could be extended if ticket demand warranted.
Director Peter Askin, who helmed Leguizamo's Mambo Mouth and Spic-O-Rama reteams 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."
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 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 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".
For tickets and information on Sexaholix at the Royale Theatre, 242 West 45th Street, call (212) 239-6200. At all performances, the first two rows of the orchestra will be sold on the day of the show for $15.
— by Ernio Hernandez
and David Lefkowitz