Year in Music 2017

Anthony, Lopez Team For Lavoe Biopic

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony will star together in a music-based movie based on the life of iconic Puerto Rican singer Hector Lavoe. "El Cantante" (The Singer) started filming yesterday (De

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony will star together in a music-based movie based on the life of iconic Puerto Rican singer Hector Lavoe. "El Cantante" (The Singer) started filming yesterday (Dec. 4) in New York. Shooting is also planned in Puerto Rico, with release scheduled for sometime next year.

Anthony will portray Lavoe and Lopez his wife, Puchi. Other featured actors include John Ortiz as Willie Colon. "El Cantante" is being produced by Lopez with Julio Caro, Simon Fields and David Maldonado. Director Leon Ichaso ("Piñeiro") co-wrote the script with Maldonado and David Darmsteder.

Maldonado, an artist manager whose clients include Obie Bermudez (as well as Anthony early in his career), also produced the off-Broadway show "Quien Mato a Hector Lavoe?" (Who Killed Hector Lavoe) in 2000, starring another salsa star, Domingo Quiñones.

"El Cantante" takes its name from the song written by Ruben Blades and popularized by Lavoe, who in the 1970s rose to become one of the great voices of salsa in the New York music scene, at the height of the genre's popularity.

Lavoe, who initially recorded with Colon, later went solo and reached the peak of his fame in the mid 1970s. His long list of hits also include "El Periodico de Ayer" and "Calle Luna, Calle Sol," recorded with Colon.

In the 1980s, as salsa's popularity declined, Lavoe saw his health slide and, suffering from drug and alcohol problems, attempted suicide by jumping from a 10-story building and survived. He died in 1993.