'Kiss My Aztec': John Leguizamo explores 'the beginning of Latin man' in new musical
John Leguizamo speaks about "Kiss My Aztec," the new musical he co-wrote about Latino history and "the beginning of Latin man."
HARTFORD, Conn. — It was not a typical evening at the theater in Connecticut's capital as even the normally staid pre-show announcement drew cheers.
“Whassup, mi gente!” John Leguizamo exclaimed in a recording that delighted audience members.
This was the scene ahead of the first preview of Leguizamo’s new musical comedy, “Kiss My Aztec!” at Hartford Stage. Following acclaimed runs on the West Coast, the show opens June 10 and runs until June 26.
Set in the 16th century, “Kiss My Aztec!” tells the story of a band of Aztec warriors leading the resistance against the Spanish conquistadores.
“We have such a wealth of stories that we’ve had for 500 years in America, in Latin America,” Leguizamo said. “Mythology, inventors, scientists, fighters, heroes, and I want those stories to be told, so I sort of picked the beginning of Latin man.”