Monday, January 3, 2011

Week of January 3 - January 9, 2011

Welcome to this, the first GEM NYC blog entry of 2011. We look forward to bringing you many more GEMS for you discover on your own or in good company in 2011. On that same note we encourage you share your own GEMS or suggestions with us at Latinos continue to make their mark on the Great White Way and although this month we will see the curtain close for shows like “In The Heights” and “West Side Story”, new shows with notable Latino actors like John Leguizamo and Lauren Velez will grace the stage on and off-Broadway



Winner of 4 Tony Awards, In the Heights tells
the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Show closing Sunday, January 9, 2011. Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 West 46th Street, NYC. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Closed on Sunday, January 2, 2011.


Closed on Sunday, January 2, 2011.




Move over Ladies, salons and Sex
and the City, Barbershops are the new trendy hotspots for Latino men! Cervezas, baseball, music, politics and WOMEN are the heated topics at your neighborhood barberías. Where locals, celebrities, baseball players, musicians, gangsters, and cops can sit around and do their "boys will be boys" thing, regardless of their social or economic status. Dominicana will spice up the Midtown-Broadway area with La Barbería. A Dominican/Latino Dramatic Comedy, that takes the audience on in emotional journey of hope, identity, and assimilation. Where else can grown Latino Men make you cry, cheer, and applaud all in one performance? The play is performed primarily in Spanish. Show opens Thursday, February 3, 2011. New World Stages / Stage 5, 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. For more information and to order tickets visit

A one-woman show starring Lauren Velez. The show chronicles the life of the legendary La Lupe, the Cuban exile that took the New York Latin music scene by storm. They Call Me La Lupe is a joint production of Dura Vida Productions and Teatro LA TEA. Directed by Veronica Caicedo and written by Emmy winner James Manos Jr. and Luis Caballero. Show opens Tuesday, January 4th through 22, 2011. Teatro LA TEA, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC. (212) 529-1948. For more information and to purchase tickets visit


John Leguizamo returns to Broadway with his new solo play GHETTO KLOWN for a 12-week
engagement beginning previews on February 21, 2011 and opening on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. 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”. Preview on February 21, 2011 and opening on March 22, 2011. Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues. For more information and to order tickets visit


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