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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 15 Feb 2012 8:01 AM

Today in the roundup: John Leguizamo on Ghetto Klown, Bring It On’s very busy director and more money for the arts (maybe).


PERSONAL STORIES: Ghetto Klown is John Leguizamo’s fifth one-man show, and like the previous four, the actor mines his own life for stories to tell. And now that he’s been around for a while, he’s got stories from his career that feature people we’ve all heard of, including Al Pacino, whom he worked with in Carlito’s Way. “I was really going at it, and he told me, ‘You don’t have to do all your roles in one movie,'” Leguizamo tells “I just thought he was trying to keep me from competing with him.” Ghetto Klown plays Thursday through Saturday at the Majestic. For more from Leguizamo, tune into Think Thursday at noon.

THE JUGGLER: Andy Blankenbuehler is best known as a choreographer of such Broadway shows as In the Heights and 9 to 5. But for Bring It On: The Musicalwhich is currently in residence at the Music Hall at Fair Park – he’s serving as both director and choreographer. He talks about handling both tasks, and how he mixed authentic cheerleading moves into the show, in a Q&A.

MONEY MATTERS: President Obama released his 2013 budget proposal on Monday, and some of the news in there should make the arts world happy. That’s because he’s calling for a 5 percent bump in funding to the NEA and NEH. Of course, the budget still has to be passed, so don’t go counting those chickens just yet.