PEOPLE IN ENTERTAINMENT
* Raul Julia, Sheena Easton and Tony Martinez star in the 25th anniversary production of the musical classic “Man of La Mancha.” The show, which reunites many of the original members of the 1965 production, is on a pre-Broadway tour of several U.S. cities. It is scheduled to open in New York in April. The musical is based on Spanish literary master Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s greatest character, the indomitable Don Quixote, played by Julia. Two-time Grammy winner Easton plays Dulcinea and the role of Sancho is interpreted by Martinez. (Remember him as Pepino in the ‘50s TV sitcom “The Real McCoys?”) The play, which officially opens tonight, runs at the Pantages Theater until Dec. 22.
Desmond Child, who’s one of pop music’s most versatile singers-composers-arrangers, has released the album “Discipline,” which contains an array of musical sounds from heavy rock to gentle ballads. It features artists as diverse as Burt Bacharach and Richie Sambora. Child’s mother is Cuban-born singer-songwriter Elena Casals, whose hits included Roberto Ledesma’s “Muchisimo.” “You’re the Story of My Life,” a cut from Child’s album, has also been released in Spanish.
The Romeros, a classical guitar quartet from San Diego, recently received the Prix de Martell, which is sponsored by Martell Cognac to honor champions of classical music. Earning its moniker “The Royal Family of Guitar,” the father-sons group of Latino virtuosos have performed at the White House, the Vatican and for the Prince of Wales, as well as with major symphony orchestras.
Tonight’s “Two to Tango” dinner and dance at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City launches the magazine “Accion de Tango” co-published by Alberto Toledano and Loreen Arbus, tango dance partners whose credits include the movie “Naked Gun 2 1/2.” Featuring a showcase of tango performers, the event also honors the 101st birthday of Argentina’s legendary Carlos Gardel, who brought international fame to the sensual Argentine dance when he starred in several movies filmed in the United States for Paramount Pictures.
The Spanish-language version of George Hadley-Garcia’s “Hispanic Hollywood: The Latins in Motion Pictures” has been chosen as this month’s main selection of the U.S.-based Spanish-language book club Circulo de Lectores (Readers’ Circle). And in 1993 PBS plans a three-part, three-hour documentary based on the book.