ABOUT THE SHOW
Ghetto Klown is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s hugely popular personal and professional story. It follows in the unabashed, uncensored, and uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story. In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, leading audiences on a fever-pitch adventure and heating up the stage with vivid accounts of where he’s been and the colorful characters who have populated his life. Leguizamo takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career during the outrageous 80s avant-garde theatre scene, and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Leguizamo explains, “Ghetto Klown is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would NEVER want the general public to know. It’s cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. It’s like Wikileaks but with no international manhunt. Yet.”
Prior to its Broadway engagement Ghetto Klown was showcased in earlier incarnations in cities including Philadelphia, New Haven, Santa Fe, Louisville, La Jolla, Berkeley, Toronto, and at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival.
John is the winner of the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and has received nominations for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award and the 2011 Independent Theater Bloggers Association Award for Outstanding Solo Show/Performance. John is a 2011 recipient of New York City’s “Made in NY Award,” which are given to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the City’s entertainment and new media industries. John has been named the Global Ambassador of the Arts and will march in the 2011 National Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 12, 2011.
“Relentlessly entertaining. It’s a really fun trip.”
Fisher Stevens (Director) made his Broadway debut as David in Torch Song Trilogy. Other Broadway acting credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs and Carousel. Off-Broadway performing credits include A Perfect Ganesh, and Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at NYSF. Film and television credits include “Flamingo Kid,” “Short Circuit,” “Hackers,” “Super Mario Brothers,” “The Marrying Man,” “Friends,” “Early Edition,” “Numbers” and “Lost.” He co-founded Naked Angels, a theater company in New York City, and co-founded Greene Street Films where he produced over 20 films, including In the Bedroom, A Prairie Home Companion, Uptown Girls and Awake. He produced and co-directed the documentary film Crazy Love, which won the 2008 Independent Spirit Award and Fisher produced the The Cove which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
“Irresistible. He appears to have the energy of a 12 year old who has just downed a Red Bull
“Filled with hysterical stories.”