Latin History For Morons

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Tony Award & Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo has made a name for himself on both the stage and the silver screen. His iconic appearances in films such as "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar", "Carlito's Way", as well as Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet​" and "Moulin Rouge!", have solidified him as a household name. Voicing the character of Sid the Sloth in the popular "Ice Age" movie franchise has also won him countless fans of a new generation. However on Broadway and off-Broadway, he is widely acclaimed for his topical and raucous one-man shows.

After the success of Mambo Mouth (1990), Spic-O-Rama (1992), his Tony-nominated performance in Freak (1998), Sexaholix... A Love Story (2001), and Ghetto Klown (2011), Leguizamo graces us yet again with a solo offering, this time inspired by the severe lack of Latino role models in his son's American History classes. Latin History for Morons played an extended limited engagement at The Public Theater in the spring of 2017 and now moves uptown to the iconic Studio 54.

Leguizamo writes in the Playbill of the show beneath his credits that he "never got into the real Studio 54 back in the day, doing the show here is the only way he could get in!" And lucky for us because Latin History for Morons is a most entertaining trip to Studio 54, where we are more than happy to play the role of the 'morons'.

The structure of Leguizamo's show is well-balanced and timed to perfection, shifting between the titular theme of dumbing down 3,000 years of latin history and, to our unexpected delight, regaling touching (and hilarious) stories about parenting. Leguizamo throws in a handful of latin-inspired dance breaks for good measure too, proving he's still got the moves and that (latin) dad dancing rules! He plays out the interactions between himself and his vulnerable son or between himself and his exasperating shrink with great comic timing and sensitivity. You never feel the performance dragging too much on one particular topic and the historical teachings are kept lively with the inclusion of such ingredients as syphilis and intimate relationships with sheep. Yes... sheep...

All in all, Leguizamo proves once again why he is the undisputed champion of one-man shows. So, go ahead and get educated, morons! 

(Photos by Matthew Murphy)


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Running time: 
1hr 35mins (no intermission)
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About Latin History for Morons:

In Latin History for Morons John Leguizamo schools his son—and the rest of us—on the buried and forgotten history of Latinos in the Americas in this outrageously funny, satirical one-man play about uncovering the truth, and recovering from the past. Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son's American history class, Leguizamo embarks 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 breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 95 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

John Leguizamo
Nelle Nugent, Kenneth Teaton, The Public Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Tony Taccone
Alexander V. Nichols
Bray Poor
Rachel Hauck
Cast list:
John Leguizamo
Latin History for Morons Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
October 19, 2017
Opening date: 
November 15, 2017
February 25, 2018

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Studio 54

254 West 54th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
7th Avenue
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Latest Latin History for Morons News & Features

Tom Millward interviews John Leguizamo
Interview with Latin History for Morons star John Leguizamo
November 17, 2017

After the Opening Night of Latin History for Morons at Broadway's Studio 54, we had the opportunity to speak to John Leguizamo - the writer and star of the, in equal parts, educational and entertaining solo show. Mr. Leguizamo has made quite the name for himself in the theatre world with previous one-man show outings, even picking up two Tony Award nominations in 1998 (for writing and performing) for Freak. He was also awarded an Obie Award for Mambo Mouth in 1991, a Theatre World Award for Spic-O-Rama in 1993 and won a Drama Desk Award for Ghetto Klown in 2011.

John Leguizamo
NYTG at the Broadway Opening of Latin History for Morons
November 16, 2017

Attention, morons! The undisputed King of the one-man show is back on Broadway... and he's bringing bucket loads of Latino flair to the Great White Way! Last night, NYTG was invited to attend the Opening Night of Latin History for Morons at the iconic Studio 54, where Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo is schooling theatregoers about the impact Latinos have had on American History in his own hysterical and uniquely satirical way.

Our Latin History for Morons Review

Dear Moron, You would have to be a dummy to not go see John Leguizamo’s latest solo show, "Latin History for Morons." Let me make this simple so that even an idiot could understand — Mr. Leguizamo is one of the most skilled performers out there. He is funny, charming, has a limitless range of voices to portray his multiple characters, and above all, injects his material with a Thanksgiving-... Read more