In a rare occurrence for theater, a new Broadway show will premiere simultaneously with the release of a commercial soundtrack album.
"Ghetto Klown," the new John Leguizamo one-man show, will start its run at the Lyceum theater in Manhattan March 22, the same day legendary Latin music label Fania Records releases "Ghetto Klown-Music From My Hood." The album features 12 tracks from Fania archives, hand-picked by Leguizamo. Many of the tracks will be used during the actual Broadway show, whose promotional art work will be reflected in the album cover art.
The partnership between Leguizamo and Fania also includes production company WestBeth Entertainment, which is presenting the show with Daveed D. Frazier and Nelle Nugent. The show's director is Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens.
The CD will be available at the show and at traditional music retailers.
The Fania catalog is considered one of the most extensive and certainly the best known in tropical music, and includes the works of more than 200 artists, among them Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Celia Cruz and Beny Moré. The label was acquired by Codigo Music.