The man they call “Johnny Legs” is strutting back to La Jolla Playhouse with a brand-new show.
The Playhouse has announced that John Leguizamo will return to the theater in April with a solo work officially titled “John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies.”
The Page to Stage workshop piece, which the Emmy Award-winning stage/screen star created and will perform in, is directed by Berkeley Rep artistic chief Tony Taccone.
The show runs April 5-17 in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre. Tickets go on sale to the public at noon today (Feb. 22): Call (858) 550-1010 or go to lajollaplayhouse.org.
Leguizamo was last at the Playhouse in 2010 with the Page to Stage piece “John Leguizamo Diary of a Madman,” an autobiographical solo show that subsequently made its way to Broadway for a five-month run under the title “Ghetto Klown.” (That piece won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for outstanding solo performance.)
The Playhouse describes the new show as “a biting and comic take on 500 years of Latin history, spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II.”
The Colombian-born Leguizamo is best-known in theater for such shows as “Mambo Mouth,” “Spic-O-Rama,” “Freak” and “Sexaholix ... A Love Story.”
He also has extensive movie credits, including “Love in the Time of Cholera,” “The Happening” and the “Ice Age” movies (as the voice of Sid).
The Playhouse’s Page to Stage series has been somewhat dormant of late, as the theater has launched such other play-development projects as the now-running DNA New Work Series.
But in past years it has launched such works as “Peter and the Starcatchers,” “The Farnsworth Invention,” “Zhivago,” “700 Sundays” and “I Am My Own Wife,” all of which eventually landed on Broadway.