El Cantante

León Ichaso

USA, Biographical Drama, 2006
106 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish, English


Spanning the 1960s to the 1980s, EL CANTANTE charts Hector Lavoe's rapid rise to success and fame as an artist whose music combined Puerto Rican tradition with streetwise modernity, unabashed emotion with straightforward realism. It reveals the singer not only as an architect of salsa but as its soul; the kind of artist, like Billie Holliday, Edith Piaf or La Lupe, who forges an uncanny emotional bond with his audience. Love, pain, joy, pride, sorrow, endurance: Hector Lavoe's singing contained the raw stuff of life as ordinary people - and he himself - knew it.



Leon Ichaso was born in Havana, Cuba. He left the island for exile in the United States with his mother and sister at age 14; his father joined them 5 years later having stayed behind to support the Cuban Revolution. Ichaso is known as "an actor's director," as a writer and director who does not compromise as he tells his tales, and as a filmmaker who specializes in gritty urban realism.


Producer: Julio Caro, Simon Fields, Jennifer Lopez, David Maldonado
Production Companies: Nuyorican Productions, R-Caro Productions
Screenwriter: Leon Ichaso, David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello
Cinematographer: Claudio Chea
Editor: David Tedeschi
Sound Design: Sandy Berman
Music: Willie Colón, Andrés Levin
Cast: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez, Vincent Laresca, Federico Castellucio, Nelson Vasquez


El Cantante


Mexican American Cultural Center
Black Box Theater
Wed. April 27 9:00 PM