John Leguizamo

Musco Center presents An Evening with John Leguizamo

The Emmy and Tony Award-winning John Leguizamo, a prominent actor-writer-director in film, television, and theatre, shares a new evening of insight based on lessons he’s learned, characters he’s encountered, and struggles he’s had against racism and poverty.

An Evening with… offers Leguizamo’s unique perspectives on life based on his own experiences growing up in a tough neighborhood of Queens, moving through his early performance experiences in 1980s avant-garde theatre, and rising to his current life as an immensely popular feature film and television actor.

Lifetime Lessons

The multi-faceted John Leguizamo has established a career that defies categorization. With boundless creativity, his work in film, theatre, television, and literature covers a variety of genres.

Like previous stage events, An Evening with John Leguizamo draws on his experience growing up to become a unique, groundbreaking performer whose strong, independent voice has helped earn him both high-visibility and high regard.

From November 2017 to February 2018, Leguizamo starred in the hit one-man Broadway show Latin History for Morons. Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarked on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo broke down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 90 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style. On May 1, 2018, the show was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Additionally, it was announced that Leguizamo would receive a special Tony Award for his lifetime body of work as both a playwright and performer.

Leguizamo was recently seen in The Infiltrator opposite Bryan Cranston and before that in Sisters, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Other recent appearances were in the action comedy American Ultra, with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, and The Hollow Pointopposite Patrick Wilson and Jim Belushi. He starred alongside writer/director Jon Favreau in Chef and in the hit comedy Ride Along opposite Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Recently he reprised his role of “Aurelio” in John Wick 2 opposite Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, and Common.

In October 2017, Leguizamo debuted his first comic book Freak at New York Comic Con. In the first issue of a three-part series, he brings his signature uninhibited humor to the page. Drawn from his one-man Broadway show and the Spike Lee film of the same name, Freak tells the story of Leguizamo’s early life, from birth to immigration to stardom. Its shocking cast of characters, tinted by memory and a retro color palette, includes his tyrannical father, suicidal grandfather, and exorcist grandmother. It impeccably illustrates the joys, pains, and most awkward moments of his youth, with artwork evoking the grit and glamour of Queens, New York, in the 1970s.

This article was released by the Musco Center for the Arts.

Photo of John Leguizamo courtesy of Musco Center.